Malcolm Smith

Australasian Cities Leader and Arup Fellow in Masterplanning and Urban Design

Malcolm Smith is Arup’s Australasian Cities Leader and the founding director of Arup London’s Integrated City Planning (ICP) unit, which brings together design, economics and political strategy in complex master planning projects.

Guiding design strategy for masterplanning projects across the world, Malcolm’s work not only centres around the physical issues of places, it also encompasses systems integration, resource efficiency, cultural strategy, meaningful infrastructure, risk and resilience, and social value.

He has advised influential non-government organisations including the Gore Foundation, UN Habitat and the World Bank. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Academy of Urbanism, and a past member of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) Review Committee in the UK. 

Malcolm has reshaped and designed key districts and precincts in cities across the world: Sports Hub, Singapore, Stratford City (the metropolitan centre of the 2012 London Olympics), London, the NOMA precinct, Manchester, Zuidas District, Amsterdam, and Dontan Eco City (the first major urban project to define ecological urbanism), Shanghai. 

Recent commissions include the new Mahindra World City Jaipur, Asia’s first and the world’s largest project to receive C40 Climate Positive Development (CPDP) Stage 2 Certification, and the Human Genome campus and conference centre in Cambridgeshire, UK. 

He is invited to lecture around the world on contemporary urban places, including the City of Melbourne, Sydney, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Munich and Singapore. Malcolm undertakes research into evolving issues in urbanism, and recently published Tomorrow’s Living Station, a collaboration with the UK’s Network Rail. He also recently led a research programme on the role of open space in cities in a post-COVID context, The fifteen-minute vision: Future proofing our cities.