Austin joined the practice in 1993 after studying at the University of Edinburgh, initially working on Imperial College London. He led the delivery of the Sage Gateshead before relocating to Abu Dhabi in 2008 where he now manages the regional office. Having overseen the construction of Masdar Institute, he is currently working on Zayed National Museum and several mixed use towers on Reem Island. Austin grew up in Yorkshire with a love for the outdoors and sport. He has a passion for cycling and takes part in local races in the UAE.