Gary Bates co-founded SPACEGROUP in Oslo, Norway in 1999. As architects
and strategic planners, SPACEGROUP originally made it’s mark with complex
urban projects including the Prostneset Ferry Terminal, Vestbanen National
Library, Filipstad Masterplan, and the Louisville 25-year Vision Plan.
DEEP is the research arm of SPACEGROUP managing the collective
intelligence in the the discourse between development, planning, politics, social
equity, and architecture. In 2018 Bates founded Extrasolar, with the perspective
of building alternative design-thinking business models within the ’start-up’
Most recently (2021) Bates co-founded Make Make NYC, a design agency that
unites architectural thinking and Making in a contemporary framework.
In parallel to practice, Bates teaches and lectures at various universities,
including The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and