Graham Marshall studied landscape architecture and urban design with an aspiration to spend a lifetime changing and improving places. He worked with leading London practices on the emerging urban design agenda and national policy development and in 2005, he established Maxim Urban Design, acting primarily as a design advisor to the public sector.
In 2012, Graham established the Prosocial Place Programme with colleagues at the University of Liverpool where he is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society. Prosocial Place is a way of thinking about and designing urban environments with the mental wellbeing of individuals, groups and communities at the forefront. The aim is to develop an integrated evidence base and practice that can inform urban planning, design, development and place stewardship.