Architectural designer, writer and TV presenter, Charlie Luxton is passionate about the environment and communicating his enthusiasm for sustainable architecture and eco-friendly design.
Charlie has presented Homes by the Med (2016-2017) where he visited some of the best coastal properties on the Mediterranean for Channel 4 and Building the Dream (2013-) for More4, where he helps people design and build their dream home, often on a budget.
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Charlie Luxton’s career in architecture began in 2000 when he became a founding director of the design and communications company, Free State, which uses 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 the company 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, he has encouraged his hometown of Hook Norton in 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 smart cars.
Charlie is also a regular guest designer and sustainability expert on DIY SOS: The Big Build (1999-) and has reported for the BBC shows Britain’s Hidden Heritage (2011-2013), The Culture Show (2004-2015) and Rebuilding the Past (2003-2009). Charlie fronted the first series of I Own Britain’s Best House (2008-2009) and Behind Closed Doors (2008), as well as Build a New Life in the Country (2005-2010), Best House on the Street (2012) and the first two series of Vertical City (2008-2010).
His other television credits include The Great Treehouse Challenge (2011), Homes and Property (2007), Restored to Glory (2005), Not All Houses are Square (2001), Not All Bricks and Mortar (2001) and BBC Radio 4 show The Perfect House (2007).
Chris 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 and many architectural trade associations. In 2007 he fronted a design-led promotional campaign for Teachers Whisky, and he also presented the Designer of the Year Awards for BBC4.
He is a passionate, eloquent 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 Luxton 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. A brilliant speaker on environmental issues, design, sustainable living and architecture, Charlie’s expansive career as a designer and presenter is a testament to his expertise and skill.
The event went very well thank you – the team were very inspired by Charlie’s talk and I know that all our guests and management team were very pleased to meet him! All in all, the event was a great success and it was a pleasure to have Charlie as part of the day.
Emma, Kohler Mira
Charlie delivered an incredibly passionate and engaging presentation at our self-build and community-led housing event…we could have listened to him all night. Enormous thanks for travelling to Eden to share your knowledge and experience with us.
Eden District Council
The feedback from our partners, tenants and colleagues was nothing but positive. Charlie was the exact person we needed on the day, he was a great personality to have with us and chatted to all guests. On his presentation, both the Chair of the Society and Donna, our CEO are to reflect on how we as a Society and an affordable housing provider can incorporate his points raised going forward with our development plans.
South Western Housing Society 75th Birthday Celebrations
Charlie’s talk was really well presented, and I felt dovetailed well with the day’s event. Very personable laid-back character and appeared to get on well with those at his table. Talks a lot of sense and appreciates the role concrete has to play.
The Concrete Society, Evolving Concrete
Charlie is a great presenter and wonderfully engaging, with many laughs along the way. I would thoroughly recommend Charlie for a variety of audiences, everyone will learn a lot from his depth of knowledge and experience. Very enjoyable.
KBBG/Der Kreis Annual Members Meeting
Thank you for your excellent presentation yesterday. The feedback that I received was that it was great to hear a guest speaker with views on the industry that were current and thought provoking. The only negative was that people in the other sessions wished they had been able to attend, so next time, you may be presenting to more people!
I’m pleased to say everything went really well! Charlie is a great speaker. He’s got a lovely manner on stage, very relaxed but very engaging.
The National Home Building and Renovation Show
Charlie’s session was inspiring, engaging and delivered with both authority and flair. His knowledge and passion for sustainable architecture were evident throughout his speech and we were particularly impressed by his willingness to continue the debate informally after the session. Many delegates fed back to us that his session was the highlight of the event for them.
Ecology Building Society 30th Anniversary Conference
Charlie injected a spark of humour into a serious topic that got delegates and speakers talking afterwards. A few delegates were overheard saying that they would consider booking him for their events!
Council of Mortgage Lenders