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About Philip Vivian

Philip Vivian is a Director of Bates Smart architects based in the Sydney Studio. He has a Master of Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University in New York, a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Western Australia; and has studied Global Cities at the London School of Economics.

Since 1998 he has led the studio of Bates Smart in Sydney, growing the practice from 6 to over 150 staff largely through winning design competitions. Along the way his projects have received 24 state and national AIA Design Awards, for Commercial Architecture, Interior Architecture, Urban Design, ESD and Heritage.

Philip is the President of the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) in Australia, and a Contributing Editor to Architecture Australia. He is on the University of NSW Advisory Council, and has lectured and taught architecture and urban design at a range of Australian…


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About Philip Vivian

Philip Vivian is a Director of Bates Smart architects based in the Sydney Studio. He has a Master of Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University in New York, a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Western Australia; and has studied Global Cities at the London School of Economics.

Since 1998 he has led the studio of Bates Smart in Sydney, growing the practice from 6 to over 150 staff largely through winning design competitions. Along the way his projects have received 24 state and national AIA Design Awards, for Commercial Architecture, Interior Architecture, Urban Design, ESD and Heritage.

Philip is the President of the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) in Australia, and a Contributing Editor to Architecture Australia. He is on the University of NSW Advisory Council, and has lectured and taught architecture and urban design at a range of Australian universities. In addition to architecture he talks regularly on cities, density, tall buildings and sustainable urban development.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Chapter Chair, Australia (2018 – Present)
  • Regional Committee, Sydney (2017 – Present)
  • Past Roles:
  • 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)

Events/Initiatives Involving Philip Vivian

Record Numbers Convene at 2018 Leaders Meeting

Record Numbers Convene at 2018 Leaders Meeting

20 Oct 2018, Event Report – CTBUH Leaders convened on Day 1 of the 2018 Middle East Conference for updates on…

Regional Representatives Meet at 2018 Middle East Conference

Regional Representatives Meet at 2018 Middle East Conference

20 Oct 2018, Event Report – CTBUH Chapters, Regional Representatives, and Future Leaders Committees met during…

CTBUH Sydney Design Excellence: 280 George Street

CTBUH Sydney Design Excellence: 280 George Street

20 Jun 2018, Event – The CTBUH Sydney Committee hosted the second installment of the 2018 Design…

Events/Initiatives Involving Philip Vivian

Record Numbers Convene at 2018 Leaders Meeting
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
CTBUH Leaders convened on Day 1 of the 2018 Middle East Conference for updates on the year's developments and to plan for 2019.
Regional Representatives Meet at 2018 Middle East Conference
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
CTBUH Chapters, Regional Representatives, and Future Leaders Committees met during the Middle East Conference for a discussion on the Council's regional growth and global initiatives.
CTBUH Sydney Design Excellence: 280 George Street
20 Jun 2018, Sydney – Event
The CTBUH Sydney Committee hosted the second installment of the 2018 Design Excellence Series, a discussion of the competition design thinking for 280 George Street.
CTBUH 2017 Conference Delegates Attend Tall Timber Workshop
29 Oct 2017, Sydney – Event Report
Delegates gathered in the offices of Arup in Sydney to participate in the Tall Timber Workshop, which included 14 presenters speaking on topics relevant to the tall timber industry.
CTBUH Leaders Connect at 2017 Conference
29 Oct 2017, Sydney – Event Report
The Annual Leaders Meeting was held the day before the start of the CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference, bringing together the Council’s leaders.
Skyscraper Summit Warms Sydney Up for CTBUH 2017
18 Aug 2017, Sydney – Event Report
A joint venture between the Urban Taskforce and CTBUH delivered a successful “warm-up” event in advance of the CTBUH 2017 Conference in Australia on August 18, 2017.
Conference Steering Sub-Committees Confirmed
31 Mar 2017, Sydney – Conference Activity
The conference sub-committees will help drive the organization and promotion of activities ahead of CTBUH 2017, starting on October 30.
CTBUH Executive Director Presents at Chapter Events in Australia
7-9 Mar 2017, Sydney – Event Report
Executive Director Antony Wood delivered two well attended lectures in Sydney and Melbourne, organized by the respective local CTBUH committees.
Executive Director Visits Sydney and Melbourne
6-10 Mar 2017, Sydney – Event Report
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood traveled to Sydney and Melbourne to build support for the 2017 conference through meetings and lectures.
60 Martin Place
9 Mar 2016, Sydney – Event Report
CTBUH New South Waleskicked off 2016 with it's first event to celebrate the design excellence of Investa Properties’ new tower at 60 Martin Place
Design Excellence Series: 130 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
24 Jun 2015, Sydney – Event Report
The fourth Design Excellence event hosted by CTBUH NSW was held on June 24, featuring a discussion by the short-listed architects of the 130 Elizabeth Street competition
CTBUH in NSW Holds Launch Event
30 Apr 2014, Sydney – Event Report
The CTBUH in New South Wales, Australia, launched with an evening event at 8 Chifley Square - one of Sydney's newest iconic tall buildings.

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Philip Vivian Related Resources

CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference - Session 3C: Tall Timber Q&A

30 Oct 2017 – CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference
Chair: Terri Meyer Boake, University of Waterloo; Philip Vivian, Bates Smart; Robert Foster, University of Cambridge; Thomas Robinson, LEVER Architecture

The Tall Timber Office: A Tale of Two Buildings in Australia

30 Oct 2017 – CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference
Philip Vivian, Bates Smart

Interview: Philip Vivian

30 Oct 2017 – 2017 Australia Conference Interviews
Philip Vivian, Bates Smart

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Shaping Australia’s Tall Tower Design And High Livability Standards

30 Oct 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue IV
Guy Lake, Katie Rathbone, Philip Vivian & Kristen Whittle, Bates Smart

Sydney 2050: A Sustainable City Vision for Greater Height, Public Benefit & Tall Building Resurgence

26 Oct 2015 – Asia & Australasia: A Selection of Written Works on the World's Tall Building Forefront
Philip Vivian, Bates Smart

Philip Vivian Related Videos

CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference - Session 3C: Tall Timber Q&A
30 Oct 2017 – Presentation at CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference; Chair: Terri Meyer Boake, University of Waterloo; Philip Vivian, Bates Smart; Robert Foster, University of Cambridge; Thomas Robinson, LEVER Architecture
Monday 30 October, 2017. Sydney, Australia. Terri Meyer Boake, Professor, University of Waterloo, chairs the question and answer session with Philip Vivian, Director, Bates Smart; Robert Foster, Lecturer in Civil Engineering, University of Cambridge…
The Tall Timber Office: A Tale of Two Buildings in Australia
30 Oct 2017 – Presentation at CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference; Philip Vivian, Bates Smart
While there have been many proposals for tall timber buildings around the world, they are typically residential or student accommodation. Australia is at the forefront with tall timber office buildings. This presentation considered two such buildings…
Interview: Philip Vivian
30 Oct 2017 – 2017 Australia Conference Interviews; Philip Vivian, Bates Smart
Philip Vivian of Bates Smart is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2017 CTBUH Australia Conference.
Sydney 2050: A Sustainable City Vision for Greater Height, Public Benefit & Tall Building Resurgence
27 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Philip Vivian, Bates Smart
Sydney 2050 investigates how an increased height limit in Central Sydney can allow for both sustainable population growth and also benefit the public. The vision links the city’s economic development to the public benefit of a sustainable transport…
2015 New York Conference - Session 5a - Q&A
27 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
Karl Fender, Katsalidis Architects; Philip Vivian, Bates Smart; and Caroline Stalker, Architectus, answer questions at the end of 2015 New York Conference Session 4e: Developments in Australia.
Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 20: Q&A
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Dario Trabucco, IUAV University of Venice; Yasser Mahgoub, Qatar University; Philip Vivian, Bates Smart; Michael Volk, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Vienna; Abbas Aminmansour, University of Illinois at Urbana-Ch
Question & Answers session for Track Session 20.
Tall, Green and Sub-Tropical
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Philip Vivian, Bates Smart
Designed by Bates Smart 111+222 is a mixed-use development in Brisbane consisting of a 36 level 45,000sqm commercial office building, and a 92 level five star hotel and residential tower. A structurally efficient geometry based on an equilateral…

Philip Vivian Related Papers/Research

Shaping Australia’s Tall Tower Design And High Livability Standards
30 Oct 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue IV; 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 most urbanized nations. Cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane are world-renowned for their livability…
Sydney 2050: A Sustainable City Vision for Greater Height, Public Benefit & Tall Building Resurgence
26 Oct 2015 – Asia & Australasia: A Selection of Written Works on the World's Tall Building Forefront; Philip Vivian, Bates Smart
Sydney 2050 investigates how an increased height limit in Central Sydney can allow for both sustainable population growth and also benefit the public The vision links the city’s economic development to the public benefit of a sustainable transport…