Roger Poole AIA Life Fellowship

November 2010
Roger Poole AIA Life Fellowship


In November 2010, Roger Poole was made a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects by the AIA National Council.

The Institute said:

“Poole has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of Architecture through his involvement as a leader of one of Australia’s oldest architectural practices and by extension, through his contribution to the development of large practice culture in Victoria and also through his advocacy of the dissemination of Architecture through the Media. He is an active member and public advocate for Architecture on several committees related to the development of Melbourne.”


The AIA cited his work as a member of the Executive Board of the Committee for Melbourne, and former Council member of the Property Council of Australia (Victoria).

Roger Poole graduated in Architecture from the University of Washington then completed research studies for the PhD in city planning and urban design at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. After a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for study in Japan, Poole worked with urban designers Sasaki Dawson and Ashley Myer Smith in Boston.

Roger moved to Melbourne where he has practiced since 1974 with Bates Smart, leading design teams on a number of award-winning projects. He became a Director of Bates Smart in 1981 and Chairman in 1998.

Roger Poole is also a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Australian Planning Institute and an Associate of the American Institute of Architects.