Kevin McCloud is the host of the internationally acclaimed long-running series Grand Designs (Channel 4). With its growing success, the show is now broadcast worldwide, has an accompanying magazine and hosts annual live exhibitions. The show has even won a BAFTA for Best Feature.
Kevin’s other television credits include two series of Man Made Home. He wrote and presented his four- hour ‘Grand Tour of Europe’ and spent two and a half weeks in the slums of Mumbai for Channel 4’s India season in 2010. Kevin’s Supersized Salvage saw him challenging a team of designers to strip down an entire aircraft destined for landfill and remake it into saleable designer objects. Recently, Kevin filmed Kevin McCloud’s Escape to the Wild (Channel 4) uncovering the remarkable stories of people who have abandoned modern civilisation to move to some of the most remote places on earth.
Kevin is an advocate of sustainable development and ecological construction. He believes that the best design, whether traditional or radically modern, relates to context: landscape, place and neighbouring buildings.
Away from television, Kevin has published books covering construction, architecture, colour and lighting. He has also 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.
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.
As the popular face of Grand Designs Live, Kevin is a confident live speaker and is available for a wide range of events from corporate engagements to after-dinner and keynote speaking. He has chaired 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.