Gary Bates founded Spacegroup (Oslo) with Gro Bonesmo in 1999. As architects and planners, Spacegroup quickly made its mark with projects such as the Prostneset Ferry Terminal in Tromsø, Vestbane National Library, Filipstad Masterplan, and the Louisville 25-year Vision plan.
Bates studied at Virginia Polytechnic University and State University (1985–1990). He began his collaboration with Rem Koolhaas in 1992 at OMA where he became a director, and from 1995-1998, a principal in charge of the Asian desk.
Bates has been a guest professor at the University of Texas in Austin, the University of Kentucky, The Oslo School of Architecture, and the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands.