Researcher biography

Malcolm Snow is one of Australia’s leading urban designers acknowledged for the breadth of his place design and urban development experience as well as his advocacy for creating better cities.  With qualifications in town planning and landscape architecture and a professional career spanning more than four decades, he has led major city revitalization programs throughout Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom both as an urban planning consultant and advisor to all spheres of government.

Malcolm has held high profile executive roles in both the private and public sector as well as Board directorships. Prior to joining the National Capital Authority as its Chief Executive in early 2014 he was a Director with international consulting firm Urbis. He is the former CEO of South Bank Corporation in Brisbane and was for a decade, the Head of Design for the City of Melbourne, one of the world’s most liveable cities.

Committed to raising public awareness of the value of good design, Malcolm has been the Chair of several not-for-profit organizations including the Urban Design Alliance and the Place Leaders Association. He is a Fellow and National Vice-President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and with others, has been recipient of more than thirty-five national and professional awards for design and management excellence including on three separate occasions Australia’s highest urban design accolade, the Australia Award for Urban Design.

Malcolm has contributed to the development and teaching of post-graduate design programs at several universities and is a mentor for young planners and designers. He has authored numerous journal articles on urban design practice and is regularly invited to speak at industry conferences in Australia and internationally. In 2014 he was the inaugural recipient of The University of Queensland Colleges’ Alumni Award.

Some of the major urban renewal strategies in Australia that Malcolm has either led or played a significant advisory role include Fisherman’s Bend and Docklands 2 in Melbourne, Riverbank in Adelaide, South Bank in Brisbane, City Centre Revitalization Master Plans for Brisbane and Melbourne and the National Capital Plan in Canberra.