Tom Van Malderen is a Malta-based architect who likes to probe the intersections between art, design, and architecture to have a close look at the many ways environments are being used, and more specifically, the objects resulting from that use. He enjoys exploring the material gestures in everyday design, discovering split personalities in objects and tracking ambiguities in the construction of social space.

some publications Impeached. ; Valletta Contemporary ; Movimento ; Who controls our access ; Good Conditions





Oikos Logia, collective exhibition, R Gallery, Sliema, Malta (2023)

Das-Dingenen, collective exhibition, CC Zwaneberg Heist op den berg, Belgium (2021)

Debatable (Is)land __(s), collective exhibition, Casa Stivala, Kalkara, Malta (2021)

Blink, duo show at Valletta Contemporary, Valletta, Malta (2021)

No Ordinary Terrain, MUZA, Valletta, Malta (2021)

Fuse, Valletta Design Cluster, Valletta, Malta (2021)

Enslaved Risks, Project Space, Antwerp, Belgium (2021)

Hackable Animals, Unfinished Art Space, Casino Notabile, Rabbat, Malta (2019)

Contemporary Istanbul, Blitz, art fair, Istanbul, Turkey (2019)

Good Condition, duo show at DMW Art Space, Antwerp, Belgium (2019)

Zabbar’s Calling Citta Hompesch, Mahala Festival, collective exhibition, Malta (2018)

Except for Access Only, solo show, Malta Contemporary Art, Valletta, Malta (2018)
Condition and Opportunities, duo show at DMW Art Space, Antwerp, Belgium (2017)
Good Walls Make Good Neighbours, Valletta International Visual Arts Festival, Malta (2015)
I Saw a Light, public Art Commission for Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta, Malta (2015)
Hermetik, collective exhibition at Fort Tigne, Malta (2013)
Ladenkast, collective exhibition, Phoebus gallery, Rotterdam, Netherlands (1999)


OKOKO, ZfinMalta, Valletta, Malta (2023)

Crux, Birkirkara, Malta (2023)

Varcities, Gzira Pop-up Art park, Malta (2022)

Ripples, Noor Images, Atelier Néerlandais, Paris, France (2022)

Uċuħ Tar-Raba, Friends of the Earth Malta, Valletta, Malta (2022)

Superlikes, ZfinMalta, Valletta, Malta (2021)

Strangers in a Strange Land, MUZA, Valletta, Malta (2020)

Scheharazade, Charlie Cauchi, Valletta Contemporary Art, Valletta, Malta (2019)

Hors Concours, University Of Malta, Valletta, Malta (2019)

Mahalla Share House, Mahalla Festival, Valletta, Malta (2018)

Malta Pavilion, Venice Art Biennial, Arsenale, Venice (2017)
Malta, Land of Sea, Bozar, Brussel (2017)
Time, Space, Existence,  Architecture Biennial, Venice (2016) 
Maltese Confabulations, Blitz, Valletta (2014)

Ziguzajg, temporary event space, Valletta, Malta (2012)
Time, Space, Existence, Architecture Biennial, Venice (2008)
Reasonable Dreams, La Galerie d’Architecture, Paris (2008)
Open [4], architecture exhibition, London, UK (2008)
Interface, exhibition at the Salone del Mobile, Milan (2007)


No Ordinary Terrain (2021)

Malta, Land of Sea (2020 and 2017)

Making Strange Data Tangible, Shutdown, biography Kris Van Dessel, Belgium (2018)

Contributor and writer for Suited magazine, New York (2018- )

Contributor and writer for C3 magazine, Seoul, (2013- )

Articles on the Venice Architecture Biennial for The Architect (2012-2018)
Illustrations for Homo Melitensis, Malta Pavilion, Mousse Publishing (2017)
Correspondent and writer for A10 magazine, Rotterdam (2006-2016)
Co-editor of A Printed Thing, a collection of writings, photographs and illustrations (2012)

Contribution to Uncommon Malta + Gozo (2011)
Essay for Worldwide Architecture, The Next Generation, Milan (2010)
Essay Reflections on the Modern Landscape, an artist’s catalogue Transit, Belgium (2006)


Movimento Zfin Malta (2022)

Guest lecturing, University of Malta (2021)

Lecture for UCA, Canterbury (2021)

Debate on Borders, Utopian Nights, Rabat (2018)

Design Dialogues, closing debates Malta Design Week, Valletta (2014-2016)
Small Cinema Conference, Blitz, Valletta (2015)
Architecture Utopia Realism, University of Belgrade, Belgrade (2014)
Perspective conference, Architecture Biennial, Venice (2014)
Debate on quality in architecture, University of Malta (2012)
Lecture at New Talents, international architecture conference, Selinunte (2011)
Lecture at Worlwide Architecture book launch, Architecture Biennial, Venice (2010)

Part-time lecturer, University for Creative Arts, Canterbury, UK (2006-2008)

Visiting Lecturer, University of Provence Aix-Marseille, France (2004-2006)