Maxwell Hutchinson was President of the Royal Institute of British Architects from 1989 to 1991. He is a practising architect and regular radio and television broadcaster. He has a weekly feature on the Robert Elms Show on BBC Radio London covering architecture, lifestyle and London life. He is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4, BBC Breakfast News and Newsnight. He was runner-up for the BT Regional News Presenter of the Year Award and has been nominated for two Royal Television Society Awards.
More recently Maxwell won a Sony Award for ‘Best Specialist Contributor’ for his contribution to BBC Radio London 94.9FM. He also contributed to the coverage of the 2012 London Olympics for BBC London, Sky News and NBC News as well as covering the Queen’s Jubilee, the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton for a number of broadcasters.
Other credits include commentating on the history of the Chapel Royal for the christening of Prince George.
He has presented a number of distinguished architectural programmes for BBC, Channel 4 and The Discovery Channel. Amongst his TV credits, Maxwell wrote and presented the Channel 4 series "No 57, The History of A House" covering the social history of a Georgian House over a 200-year span up to and including the present day. He also wrote the book to accompany the series.
Other broadcasting credits include BBC Restoration Nation and BBC Songs of Praise. He also wrote and presented the historical documentary on Eleanor of Castile (1290) for Five TV and he was the Presenter of the 8 part BBC 2 series, How To Rescue a House. He continues to present various programmes for Inside Out on BBC 1 and he recently presented Guardians of Time for transmission on ABC Australia.
Maxwell is also a member of the Board of Trustees of The University of London and the founder and Chairman of “Article 25” (formerly Architects for Aid) a charity he set up after surviving the Tsunami in Sri Lanka in 2004.
His book ‘The Prince of Wales Right or Wrong – An Architect Replies’ was a best-seller (Faber & Faber).
Maxwell has been running his own successful architectural practice in Central London for over 35 years. His better-known buildings include Skylines at Canary Wharf, JS Pathology’s Headquarters at Camden Lock and Aztec Row in Islington. For ten years he was Chairman of the Permarock Group of Building Product Manufacturing Companies of which he was a founder and was also the Chairman of Holland Hannen and Cubitts.
In between his busy broadcasting schedule, he is developing a number of historical projects for both television and publishing. He is thoroughly enjoying writing his first fictional novel “The Apprentice of New Nazarus”.
He continues to host keynote talks for corporate events and has also chaired three series of lectures at The Royal Academy of London, “The Architects Who Made London with Maxwell Hutchinson”.
Apart from his work, Maxwell enjoys composing music. He has composed three stage musicals and written a requiem mass. He also enjoys playing the piano and the guitar and uses his expertise as a musician and artist to help develop art projects connected to churches in East London.
In 2014 Maxwell was ordained as a deacon at St Paul’s Cathedral by the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres.
TV Credits - Presenter
‣ ‘Guardians of Time - UK Cathedrals’ - Destination Media/ABC Australia
‣ ‘Skyscrappers’ - Inside Out BBC London
‣ ‘Chapel Royal - Prince George’ NBC News
‣ ‘London 2012 Olympics’ - BBC London, Sky News & NBC
‣ ‘The Olympic Skyline’ - BBC1
‣ ‘The Royal Wedding’ Sky News & CTV Canada AM
‣ ‘50 Most Influential RIBA Buildings’ BBC 1
‣ ‘How To Rescue a House’ BBC2 8 part series
‣ ‘Eleanor of Castile’ Five
‣ ‘No 57, The History of A House’ Channel 4 - 6 part series
‣ ‘Hidden Treasures’ Anglia TV 6 part series
‣ ‘Demolition Detectives’ Channel 4 - 2 part series
‣ ‘7 Man Made Wonders of London’ BBC2 (RTS Nomination)
‣ ‘Restoration Nation’ BBC4/BBC2
‣ ‘How We Are Building Britain - Leicester Regeneration’ BBC2
‣ ‘Visionaries - Wren v Foster’ BBC World
‣ ‘Inside Out’ (various) BBC London & BBC North
‣ ‘Hotel Secrets - The Savoy & The Ritz Hotels’ Discovery
‣ ‘Eltham Palace’ - UK History
‣ ‘The Good The Bad & The Listed’ - Carlton ITV (RTS Nomination)
‣ ‘Prefabs & Palaces’, ‘Mod Cons’ & ‘Pure Inventions’ 90 x 30” Discovery Channel
TV Credits - Contributor
‣ ‘Olympic Legacy’ - NBC & Sky News
‣ ‘The Walkie Talkie Building’ - Sky News
‣ ‘The National Trust / Big Brother House’ - ITN & Sky News
‣ ‘The Sterling Prize’ NBC News Channel
‣ ‘The Shard’ NBC & Sky News
‣ ‘Selling Off Government Buildings’ Dispatches C4
‣ ‘The Royal Wedding - Westminster Abbey’ - NBC News
‣ ‘The One Show’ BBC1
‣ ‘Songs of Praise’ BBC1
‣ ‘Newsnight’ BBC2
‣ ’10 o’clock News’ BBC1
‣ ‘Breakfast News’ BBC1
‣ ‘News Channel’ BBC
‣ ‘BBC London News’ BBC1
‣ ‘The Lord Mayors Show’ BBC1
‣ ‘London Tonight’ ITV
Corporate & After Dinner
Maxwell is a versatile and humorous speaker and provides highly constructive motivational talks for a wide variety of clients.
He has hosted and chaired numerous events including:
‣ EBDOG - ‘Play, Build & Count the Cost - The Risk of Necessity’
‣ Performances Birmingham Ltd - ‘Exploring & Embracing Risk in Architecture’
‣ BRE- ‘Breenan Awards at ECObuild’ - Excel, London
‣ Sto AG Conference - The Landmark Hotel, London
‣ London Development Conference - Keynote Speaker
‣ INCA Conference & Exhibition - ‘Reducing Carbon Emissions’ - Cardiff
‣ EAE Conference, Brussels - Keynote Speaker
‣ Battle of the Cartoonists - The Scoop, More London
‣ The Arts Fund - Hampstead Highlights Walk & Talk
‣ ‘Kalzip Teamkal Awards’ - Institute of Directors, London
‣ AITO Travel Conference - Marrakesh
‣ The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers Conference Le Touquet
‣ Royal Academy of London - ‘The Architects Who Made London’ - six part lecture series - Speaker & Host
‣ MIPIN - Architectural Conference in Cannes, 2007 & 2008
‣ Eco-Build, Future Build, City Scape Conference at Earls Court
‣ The Leading European Architects Forum Awards, Waldorf Hotel - Host
‣ INCA 25th Anniversary Seminar - Chairman
‣ Lloyds Register ‘History of Greenwich’
‣ Building Better Health - Health Care Awards
‣ Noteworthy Events An Architectural Tour of London - Host / Guide
‣ BSH Home Appliances Regeneration of London
‣ P&O Cruises ‘Oriana’ - St Lucia to Acapulco - Lecturer
‣ P&O Cruises ‘Artemis’ - ‘The History of Egypt’ - Speaker
‣ P&O Mediterranean Cruise - Architecture of Spain & Portugal - Speaker
‣ Corus Construction Awards - Chairman
‣ CBI Conference in Birmingham - Chairman of plenary session
‣ Landor Conferences ‘When Old Buildings Get in the Way’
‣ RIBA Regional events - Regular Speaker & Host
‣ Museum of London - Regular Speaker & Host
‣ The Timber Trade Journals Awards - Host
‣ The Arts Council South East Conference - Keynote Speaker
‣ The Building Research Establishment Limited
‣ Rockwool Limited - Seminar - Facilitator / Keynote Speaker
‣ Formica Collection 90th Anniversary - Presenter for Corporate Video
‣ The Hilton Group Special Events - ‘The Panorama of Architectural History’
‣ The Hilton Group Special Events - ‘The London History Experience’