Laurie Scanlan graduated in 1973, registered as an architect and was admitted to the Royal Australian Institute of Architects in 1974. He worked for the architects R Hanlin and Montague Grant in Perth before forming the Horner Scanlan Partnership - working on residential, commercial, industrial and mining projects. His commitment to waste recycling and solar energy control systems for over 25 years developed from collaboration with Professor Clifford Holloway from America. In 1975, they co-authored a report “MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE RECYCLING TREATMENT PLANT” funded by the Western Australian State Government. That association led to a number of US patents relating to the recycling of municipal waste to produce reusable by-products including single cell protein feeds. Mr Scanlan established Scanlan Architects in 1984.