Malcolm Reading

Malcolm Reading


An advocate for design excellence, Malcolm founded Malcolm Reading Consultants in 1996 after six years as Director of Design and Architecture at the British Council.

He has created a unique competitions service, which is trusted by architects and attuned to the realities of successful capital projects.

Trained as an architect, Malcolm is widely recognised within the profession. He has set new standards in procurement, and is known for his loyalty to demanding projects.

His leadership abilities have been tested at the highest level with clients such as NATO, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Mumbai City Museum, New College, Oxford, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Qatar Museums, the Cadogan Estate and the Millennium Bridge Trust.

Malcolm joined the Sovereign Grant Audit Committee in June 2015. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Previously, he was a trustee of Edinburgh World Heritage (2012–15) and English Heritage (2015-2018). He was on the board of Historic Royal Palaces for an unprecedented three terms (2005–2014), and remains chairman of the UNESCO Tower of London World Heritage Site Consultative Committee.

He is a judge for World Architecture News’ Education Award 2015 and has judged WAN’s 21 for 21 Award (for talent-spotting emerging architects), the AIA (American Institute of Architects), UK Excellence in Design award and the Prix W architectural prize.

He writes regularly for the Architects’ Journal.

Photograph by Vibeke Dahl