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Paul Malpas

Paul Malpas


Have had around 18 years experience as a Consultant in the architectural and engineering design industries, with specific remit for acoustic and audio visual factors. Have specialised in the creative combination of architecture, acoustics, audio devices, programme material and user interfaces. This has lead down two main branches of Consultancy: the achievement of effective and intelligible amplified speech in difficult acoustic environments, such as train and underground stations, and the creative production and reproduction of audio-related installation art.

I am passionate about good design and about the whole user experience of the built environment.

My first degree was at Salford – Beng Electroacoustics in 1990. After seven years of broad experience in services to architecture and building engineering, I was sponsored by Arup onto a Masters at Cambridge - MSt Interdisciplinary Design in the Built Environment. I have therefore established myself as both specialist and general

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Comments (2)

  • Comment on: George Square: Matheson ditched contest after jury snubbed Burns + Nice

    Paul Malpas's comment 29-Jan-2013 9:36 am

    Appalling behaviour, if these reports are accurate. Whatever the truth, the story is sadly entirely feasible, not with respect to the specific individuals but with a view to the opportunities that exist for individuals to regard their representation roles as personal powers.

  • Comment on: RIBA scraps Plan of Work: say goodbye to stages A-L

    Paul Malpas's comment 24-Jan-2013 9:27 am

    How will this help or hinder the interdisciplinary issue that is confused a little by stages that are too clear cut. As an acoustician and audio design consultant, our chance to get the concepts and schemes of our scoped elements right often cones while the primary designers have already settled theirs, missing the window of good, integrated, lean design that is aiming at 'right first time'. Is the risk that by confingin "specialist design" to the last design stage take us back to a culture of begrudged bolt-ons seeing as spoiling an otherwise (and artificially) pure design?