Kevin is best known for Channel 4’s Grand Designs and for his annual coverage of the Stirling Prize each October.
He admits to an unhealthy obsession for buildings since childhood: he studied the history of them at Cambridge, has designed everything in and around them, has lit them and written about them. He now champions issues such as context, the historic environment and sustainable construction, often in his feisty column in the Sunday Times in which he takes on planners, architects and developers. He also writes for Grand Designs magazine. His two ambitions are to entertain and to make the built environment better – and consequently ‘make people feel better’.
Kevin’s other forays into television include Don’t Look Down for BBC2 in 2002, in which he climbed six tall buildings and Demolition for Channel 4 in 2005, in which he, George Ferguson and Janet Street-Porter started a campaign to improve public space in our towns and cities. 2006 saw a follow-up and 2007 a major Channel4 series about urban regeneration.
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 and a WWF Ambassador.
(Photo credit to Tyson Sadlow)
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