Malcolm grew up and was educated in Brisbane Australia, before undertaking his masters degree at Yale University. He was invited to join Arup following his time at Yale. His training as an architect, along with a sense of creating new ‘landscapes’ led him to urban scale projects. At Arup, this interest has been complimented by the fundamental role that engineering systems play in making new human settlements. Key influences include a number of his teachers at Yale including Karsten Harries , and his book The Ethical Function of Architecture: Steven Harris and his book The Architecture of the Everyday, and Norberg-Schultz- Genius Loci. Lately, the enlightened approach to the built environment that Ove Arup set in motion, his idea of Total Architecture – influences the direction of his work.