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Bates Smart is Australia's second oldest architectural firm, established in 1853 by Joseph Reed as the practice Reed and Barnes. (JPE Design Studio in Adelaide founded in 1851 by Daniel Garlick is the oldest continuing architectural practice in Australia.)

In 1883 Henderson and Smart, of Reed and Barnes rejoined as partners. W. B. Tappin became a partner and the firm was renamed Reed, Smart and Tappin. When Reed died, Smart became head of the firm.

Smart died two years later and N. G. Peebles joined with F. J. Smart's son as Smart, Tappin and Peebles. The firm later became Bates, Peebles and Smart to work on the State Library of Victoria's Reading Room. When Peebles died, the firm became Bates Smart. They were later joined by Sir Osborn McCutcheon (died 1985) who remained Principal Partner until his retirement. After 1995 the firm has been known simply as Bates Smart or 'BSM'.

420 George, Sydney CBD