Architectural designer, writer and TV presenter, Charlie Luxton is passionate about the environment and communicating his enthusiasm for sustainable architecture and eco-friendly design.
Most recently, Charlie presented the television show Homes by the Med (Channel 4), where he visits some of the best coastal properties on the Mediterranean. Charlie has hosted More4’s Building the Dream since 2013, where he helps people design and build their dream home, often on a budget. He is also a regular guest designer and sustainability expert on DIY SOS: The Big Build (BBC) and has reported for the BBC shows Britain’s Hidden Heritage, The Culture Show and Rebuilding the Past. Charlie fronted the first series of I Own Britain's Best House (Channel 5) and Behind Closed Doors (BBC 1). He also hosted Build a New Life in the Country, and Best House on the Street both for Channel 5 and the first two series of first Vertical City for Gallery HD.
Charlie’s other television credits include The Great Treehouse Challenge for Sky1 (2011), the ITV1 series Homes and Property (2007), a one-off documentary for BBC Radio 4, The Perfect House (2007), and Restored to Glory (2005), a prime-time BBC2 series covering architectural restoration. He also presented and wrote Not All Houses Are Square (2001), a three-part series for Channel 4, followed by a second series entitled Not All Bricks and Mortar (2001).
Charlie’s career in architecture began in 2000 when he became a founding director the design and communications company, Free State that use the built-up environment as a means to create awareness far beyond the reach of conventional media. Some of the projects Charlie worked on include, Zoomorphic, an exhibition for the V&A and Electric Storm, a three-month renewable energy event on the South Bank in London. In 2005, he left Free State to focus on sustainable housing and set up Charlie Luxton - Environmental Design where he works on creating sustainable housing in London, Wiltshire, and the Cotswolds.
As well as completing an eco-friendly renovation on his own home, Charlie has encouraged his hometown of Hook Norton, Oxfordshire into becoming a low carbon community. As a result, the village was awarded the Government’s Low Carbon Community Challenge grant to which the village implemented various eco-measures to help reduce its energy use, ranging from insulation and double glazing to solar panels and two smart cars for the use of all villagers.
Charlie regularly gives lectures, hosts awards and facilitates conferences for a variety of clients including Palm, Halifax, The Eden Project, Sovereign Housing Group, 100% Design, BskyB, many Architectural trade associations and in 2007 fronted a design-led promotional campaign for Teachers Whisky.
He is a passionate and confident keynote speaker and charming after dinner host. He engages in topics relating to architecture, sustainability and design, from offices and housing to termites and fog-basking beetles! Charlie can tailor his speeches to cover a series of core messages that empower the listener to view global issues, such as climate change as a key driver to positive outcomes in society, referencing the client's achievements in this area to help illustrate the wider issues.