Malcolm, an architect by training, founded Malcolm Reading Consultants after six years as Director of Design and Architecture at the British Council. He has overseen international architectural competitions for leading organisations including the V&A, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation, Mumbai City Museum, Glasgow School of Art, and the Natural History Museum. He was on the Board of Historic Royal Palaces from 2005-2014, is a trustee of English Heritage, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an honorary fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He joined the Sovereign Grant Audit Committee in June 2015.
Malcolm was president of the 2014 Prix W architectural prize, a judge of World Architecture News’ 21 for 21 Award, the AIA (American Institute of Architects) UK Excellence in Design Award and World Architecture News’ Education Award 2015. He writes a monthly column for the Architects’ Journal.