George Clarke is an architect and is Creative Director of architectural practice George Clarke + Partners. He is also a writer, lecturer and TV presenter.
George Clarke + Partners has established a reputation for designing and building high quality, award winning projects throughout the UK and abroad. The company is multidisciplinary and covers all aspects of architecture, design, project management, construction and property development.
George is passionate about the way architecture can transform our everyday lives and his aim is to make architecture popular and accessible to everyone, while at the same time creating award winning homes for his clients.
George is the presenter of several very successful series for television, including Channel 4’s Restoration Man and The Great British Property Scandal and George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.
After making three successful series of Build A New Life for Five from 2003 to 2006, George became the face of architecture at Channel 4 with the launch of The Home Show in 2008, Restoration Man in 2009, and the forthcoming new campaign series The Empty Homes Show due to be transmitted on Channel 4 in December 2011.
George’s design talent and passion for beautiful buildings has transformed the homes and lives of so many people across Britain. George was born and raised in Sunderland and from the age of 12 wanted to be an architect. After studying architecture at the University of Newcastle and University College London, George started his own practice. In 2011 George set up his new company George Clarke + Partners. George Clarke + Partners is an inspirational, new, multidisciplinary company that covers all aspects of architecture, design, project management, construction and property development. George says: “I [have] always wanted to start a new company that isn’t just about architecture, but also covers all aspects of the design, build and property development business. My new company George Clarke + Partners will allow me to do this, as well as make successful TV programmes.”
Through his innovative new company, TV presenting, lecturing and research, George aims to make architecture popular and accessible to everyone, and to share his passion for architecture’s ability to transform our everyday lives.
TV George has been a successful TV presenter since 2004 and has been the main presenter for the following programmes:
2004 Property Dreams – 6 x 60 min programmes for Five following people who release equity from their homes either to renovate their existing home, buy a second home in the UK or to buy a home abroad.
2005 Dream Home Abroad – 10 x 60 min programmes for Five following families who leave the UK to renovate beautiful old homes throughout Europe.
2005-2007 Build A New Life in the Country – 32 x 60 min programmes for Five. George follows families who transform their quality of life by moving from the city to the country to renovate some of the most stunning and unusual old buildings in Britain. Build A New Life is one of the most successful programmes ever to be shown on Five with over 2.5 million viewers. Series 1 was transmitted in 2005, Series 2 in 2006 and Series 3 in 2007.
2008 The Home Show – Series 1 : 6 x 60 min programmes for Channel 4. With over 3 million viewers.
2009 The Home Show – Series 2 : 8 x 60 min prime time programmes for Channel 4.
2010 Restoration Man – Series 1 : A groundbreaking series where George saves some of the most beautiful old buildings in Britain by converting them into unique homes. 6×60 min prime time programmes for Channel 4.
2011 Restoration Man – George is currently making series 2 and 3 of Restoration Man, due for transmission in February 2012 and September 2012 respectively for Channel 4.
2011 The Empty Homes Show – A groundbreaking campaign series, which investigates the British housing crisis and the scandal of empty homes across Britain. The Empty Homes Show will be transmitted on Channel 4 in December 2011.
2011 The Great British Property Scandal – A groundbreaking campaign series, which investigates the British housing crisis and the scandal of empty homes across Britain.
2012 George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces Show – A series looking at some of the incredible places people chose to turn into homes.
2013 The Secret Millions – George helps a charity secure almost £2m in funding from the Big Lottery Fund.