Mungo Smith

Mungo has over 35 years’ experience in architecture and health facility planning and design. He is passionate about improving design effectiveness and architectural excellence using methodical research and evidence based design to create more effective outcomes.


He was project architect for the pioneering Lambeth Community Care Centre, London, UK (1985) with Edward Cullinan Architects. After a period of teaching architecture, he was appointed Head of Design at the Medical Architecture Research Unit (MARU) now at the London Southbank University, where he led the briefing and design of exemplar health projects.


In 1991, Mungo co-founded MAAP and for more than two decades was involved in the design of health care buildings, and consultancy with NHS Estates, Department of Health, UK. He has worked on both client and delivery sides and experience of all forms of design and construction procurement in the health sector. Involvement in the development of NHS design guidance including a number of research projects has provided a solid body of evidence to support the delivery of innovative solutions which challenge conventional approaches to the design of inpatient accommodation  critical care and mental health which have resulted in the development of new approaches to facility design.


Since 2008, Mungo consulted in Australia in a client advisory role for the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Sunshine Coast University Hospital and Northern Beaches Hospital and led the initial design development and master planning of the Glenside Mental Health Campus, Adelaide which was recently completed. He has advised the Government Architect and DOH Victoria on Design Review process,  led workshops on the design of mental health facilities and has presented at conferences on acute and mental health facility design.


He relocated to Sydney in 2012 as director of business development and has established MAAP Architects as an independent company. He has provided consultancy services to New South Wales Health Infrastructure continuously since 2010 and was a member of their advisory group for the Hospital Building Development System. Recent projects have included new master plans for the Royal North Shore Hospital (2012), Wollongong and Shellharbour Hospitals (2013). He recently led the team responsible for the latest masterplan for the Westmead Health Precinct in Western Sydney, one of the largest Academic Health Science Campuses in the southern hemisphere He is currently leading the master planning of the Royal Darwin Hospital.


Together with Andy Black ( Durrow), he conceived the concept of “blue space” which has informed the briefing of some current healthcare projects in Australia. He has contributed to two recent publications ‘The Hyper Modern Hospital’ (2010) and ‘Academic Medical Centre - Hospital in the City’ (2012) published with Durrow Management. He is an assessor for Design and Health International Academy Awards Future Health Building Design and Research Award (sponsored by MA 2009 – present) and a member of the Australian Health Design Council (AHDC) since 2012


Dip. Arch. Dip Art & Design


Professional Associations

Architects Registrations Board UK

Royal Institute of British Architects - (RIBA) International Member


Recent Professional Development

Australia Health Design Council 2012
Speaker: ‘Application of Standardisation in the Healthcare Masterplanning Process for Future
Proofing’ Hospital Build and Infrastructure Asia Conference, Singapore 2012
Speaker: ‘Design Considerations’ Health Facilities Design and Development, Brisbane, Australia 2011
Co-author: ‘Providing Acute Care Locally – the hypermodern local acute hospital’ 2010
Co-author: ‘The Academic Medical Centre of the Future – Hospital in the City’ 2012



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