Philip Vivian

Bates Smart, Director | Sydney, Australia

Philip Vivian is a Director of renowned architecture firm Bates Smart, where he has led the Sydney studio since 1998. He is an expert in urban renewal and has continuously studied city design throughout his career, both at the London School of Economics and at Columbia University. Key projects include Sydney 2050, the city’s vision plan to knit together supertall and transport development, and the integrated station developments at the Victoria Cross Metro Station in North Sydney and Pitt Street South in the Sydney CBD.


Chapter Chair, Australia (2018 – Present)

Regional Committee, Sydney (2017 – Present)

Australia Chapter, Chair (2015 – Present)

City Committee, Sydney, Board Member (2015 – Present)

City Representative, Sydney (2015 – 2017)

Annual Conference, Co-Chair (Australia 2017)

Annual Conference, Presenter (New York 2015; Australia 2017; Middle East 2018; Chicago 2019)

Annual Conference, Steering Committee (Australia Co-Chair 2017)


01 October 2020

Designing Tall Mass Timber Office Buildings: 25 King, Brisbane, & 55 Southbank, Melbourne


28 October 2019

Philip Vivian, Bates Smart

Sydney’s population is predicted to increase from 4.6 million to nearly nine million by 2061. Even without this growth, the city has already surpassed the...


30 October 2017

Guy Lake, Katie Rathbone, Philip Vivian & Kristen Whittle, Bates Smart

With nearly 90% of its population expected to live in its state-capital cities by 2053, Australia is on track to become one of the world’s...