Kevin McCloud is best known for Channel 4’s BAFTA-nominated Grand Designs and for his annual coverage of the Stirling Prize each October. He also wrote and presented his four hour Grand Tour of Europe in 2009 and spent two and a half weeks in the slums of Mumbai for Channel 4’s 2010 India season. His television work, including the series Demolition, his five year television project about the regeneration of Castleford, broadcast in 2008 and Don’t Look Down for the BBC, has always revolved around the built environment. He admits to having an unhealthy obsession for buildings since childhood.
When not filming, Kevin writes and occasionally still designs products. He has designed lighting for some of the finest buildings in Europe including Ely Cathedral and Edinburgh Castleas well as contemporary ranges of consumer product for British retailers and manufacturers. His books cover subjects as diverse as construction, architecture, colour, lighting and, in 2010, the impending culture change that a sustainable future will inevitably demand.
Through campaigns such as the Great British Refurb and his regular columns for Grand Designs Magazine and national newspapers Kevin now champions sustainable development, context, the historic environment and ecological construction. He believes that the best design – whether traditional or radically modern – relates to context: landscape, place and neighbouring buildings. This is a philosophy developed through the work of his development company, Hab, which is now building homes and facilitating communities towards a One Planet Living way of life.
Kevin is now an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters – two of the several honours kindly bestowed on him – and he is a recalcitrant patron of a handful of organisations. His two ambitions remain to entertain and to make the built environment better – and consequently ‘make people feel better’.