About Us

Paul Bates Architects is an architectural firm located in Birmingham, Alabama. We are rooted in classical tradition with a modern point of view. The love for simple agrarian forms combined with classic and modern elements is an important part of our history.

We strive to produce what we believe and hold true - authentic and finely crafted homes that transcend time. Our homes display a clear understanding of traditional craftsmanship and classical principles placed in a modern setting.

It is the love and passion for making beautiful buildings and places that allow us to create an emotional refuge and home for our clients.

How would you describe your style?

"Classical tradition with a pared-down modern influence."

Please describe a recently completed project or tell us about the bespoke service that you offer

"A project close to our heart is an Italian inspired villa in the countryside of Birmingham, Alabama. Two things were important to our clients: they wanted a stone house and an antique clay tile roof.  Once we found the antique barrel tile roof, the Mediterranean influence was obvious and gave direction to the rest of the project. The house is laid out on 2 1/2 acres perched upon a hill in a rural setting just outside of the city. The one room deep house is organized with a strong axis in two directions, connecting each room. The abundance of steel doors fills the house with natural light while making a strong affiliation between the indoor spaces and the landscape of the outdoors."