William Bates details his work in design and education in celebration of the human scale. Mr. Bates founded the Drawing and Design Department at the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston South Carolina in 2005 and continues as full professor where he lectures on classical drawing principles and aesthetics. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. His support of the Institute includes the Edward Vason Jones Rome Scholarship in memory of his mentor.

Mr. Bates also specializes in American Furniture and Decorative Arts from 1800-1840, with a focus on construction methods and conservation. His formal education includes a Bachelor of Interior Design from Auburn University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Miami.

Publications and exhibitions include an exhibition of his projects and furniture in "A Decade of Art and Architecture - a survey of recent work by 100 Architects, Artists, and Artisans", published by The Institute of Classical Architecture, ICA as well as a "Style and Proportion in the Furniture of Karl Friedrich Schinkel", presented at the Università degli Studi di Palermo in Italy.