Gary Bates

Gary Bates is co-founder and a principal in charge at Make Make, a NYC-based design agency that unites architectural thinking and making in a contemporary framework.

From 1999-2023, Bates led SPACEGROUP in Oslo, Norway. As architects and planners, SPACEGROUP originally made its mark with complex urban projects such as the Prostneset Ferry Terminal, Vestbane National Library, Filipstad Masterplan and the Louisville 25-year Vision Plan.

In parallel to practice, Bates teaches and lectures at various universities, including Syracuse University, Columbia University, Cooper Union, the University of Texas in Austin, the University of Kentucky, The Oslo School of Architecture, and the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands. 

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.


Fall 2021, Spring 2024