Kevin McCloud is best known for Channel 4’s Grand Designs and for his annual coverage of the Stirling Prize each October. He also wrote and presented his four-hour Grand Tour of Europe in 2009 and spent two and a half weeks in the slums of Mumbai for Channel 4’s 2010 India season.
Through campaigns such as the Great British Refurb and his regular columns for Grand Designs Magazine and national newspapers Kevin McCloud now champions sustainable development, context, the historic environment and ecological construction. He believes that the best design – whether traditional or radically modern – relates to context: landscape, place and neighbouring buildings.
His television work, including the series Demolition, his five year television project about the regeneration of Castleford, broadcast in 2008, and Don’t Look Down for the BBC, has always revolved around the built environment. He admits to having an unhealthy obsession for buildings since childhood.
When not filming, Kevin McCloud writes and occasionally still designs products. He has designed lighting for some of the finest buildings in Europe, including Ely Cathedral and Edinburgh Castle, as well as contemporary ranges of consumer product for British retailers and manufacturers. His books cover subjects as diverse as construction, architecture, colour, lighting and, in 2010, the impending culture change that a sustainable future will inevitably demand.
Mainly for getting rid of the capital ‘A’ from architecture Kevin was awarded two honorary doctorates in 2005, from Plymouth and Oxford Brookes. He is a recalcitrant patron of several architectural and sustainable charities, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Foresters, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a WWF Ambassador. His two ambitions remain to entertain and to make the built environment better – and consequently ‘make people feel better’.
Kevin McCloud is available for a wide range of corporate engagements, ranging from awards hosting and conference moderating, to after-dinner speaking. Kevin is the face of Grand Designs Live and has chaired and hosted many corporate events, including The RICS Awards, The RIBA Awards, the Aberdeen Sustainable Construction Conference, Bristol Planning Law and Policy Conference, The Northwest Property Awards, The Manchester Evening News Awards, and The Edinburgh Quatermile Launch.