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About us

We believe in the power of design to create new perceptions and act as an inspiration.

The Illuminated River competition winning entry: Current by Leo Villareal with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Future\Pace.

Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) is a strategic architectural consultancy based in London that works all over the world. We are focused on achieving outstanding, award-winning design for our clients, who may be commissioning new buildings or re-inventing existing ones.

We run open and invited international design competitions that enable clients to compare a range of creative approaches and identify the most dedicated and inspired design teams.

We are known for our content-rich design briefs and competition websites, as well as our architectural and technical knowledge. While we love to imagine projects, we have also delivered them. This, along with over twenty years’ experience of competitions, means our propositions are always grounded in reality.

We understand international procurement rules and innovate within these. MRC competitions are designed to ensure the finalist teams’ energies can be focused on what’s central to ultimate success: the creative design challenge.

We have been privileged to help organisations as diverse and high-profile as Arts South Australia, New College, Oxford, the Royal College of Art, Houston Endowment, Related Midwest, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Qatar Museums, the Illuminated River Foundation, Kaunas City Municipality, Mumbai City Museum, University College Dublin, Media City Taiwan, Exeter College, Oxford, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and many others (see the full list of our clients).

MRC has attracted a dedicated following among international architects and designers that spans emerging practices to Pritzker laureates and results in an exceptional network of top-tier talent. In total our competition sites achieved over 1.7 million page views during 2017-18.

The 21st Century is a competitive place full of schemes that promise the earth. Engaging a high-flying design team is now a flag of ambition for many organisations, but to create architecture that is genuinely life- and planet-enhancing, original and innovative, requires a more considered, strategic approach.

An international competition is an excellent way to find a gifted design team. When matched with an outstanding design brief, compelling project narrative, and a campaign to build public and stakeholder support and goodwill, it positions the project for future success.

Alongside competitive selection, MRC also offers other pre-project services including proof-of-concept, feasibility and design briefing. We have an energetic, professional team with varied backgrounds in architecture, urban design, graphic design, web design and journalism; and with both commercial and public sector experience.


  • ‘We saw an incredible response to this fascinating competition [the Illuminated River], showing that London continues to inspire creatives from around the globe, and is open to all. There were some spectacular ideas, and I can’t wait to see the winning design light up the Thames.’
    Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
  • ‘It has been such a great honor to be included in the competition and we are grateful to you for taking an interest in, and fostering small practices like ours. This is important work and it has given us the opportunity to contribute to a significant cultural project.’
    Lyn Rice, Principal, Rice + Lipka Architects, New York
  • ‘We are thrilled to win this competition… we feel very honoured to be given the opportunity ahead of more established practices and feel it reflects the genuine openness of the competition process, as well as a belief in investing in young talent.’
    Fergus Feilden, Director of Feilden Fowles and winner of Homerton College Dining Hall Competition
  • ‘I wanted to thank you and your team for such an excellent job throughout the [Tintagel Castle Bridge] competition process. We didn’t expect the overwhelming volume of submissions and credit to you and the team to hone them to the shortlist of six. What a journey we have been on and we never would have got to where we are without your support.’
    Tracey Reed, Director of Properties, English Heritage

Our clients

  • New College, Oxford
  • The Royal Opera House
  • National Infrastructure Commission
  • Mumbai City Museum
  • English Heritage
  • St Catharine's College, Cambridge
  • The V&A
  • Media City Taiwan
  • London Legacy Development Corporation
  • White Cube Gallery
  • The Science Museum Group
  • The Cadogan Estate
  • Natural History Museum
  • St Cross College, Oxford
  • The Museum of London
  • The Rothschild Foundation
  • The Royal College of Art
  • Related Midwest
  • Gallaudet University
  • Homerton College, Cambridge
  • MiSK Foundation
  • The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
  • Houston Endowment
  • Qatar Museums
  • The UK Supreme Court
  • The Royal Geographical Society
  • Qatari Diar UK
  • City of Kaunas
  • The British Antarctic Survey
  • The Library of Foreign Literature in Moscow
  • UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation
  • British Library
  • Arts South Australia
  • University College Dublin
  • Kiran Nadar Museum of Art
  • Royal Commission for Al-Ula
  • Create NSW
  • MK:U
  • Exeter College, Oxford
  • The Wallace Collection
  • Ross Development Trust
  • Transport for London


Interested in joining us? See our current vacancies.