Kevin McCloud

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Kevin is best known for Channel 4's Grand Designs and for his annual coverage of the Stirling Prize each October. 

 
He also writes books and articles about decoration, design, lighting and colour, and is editor-at-large of Grand Designs magazine. In addition, Kevin is a product and lighting designer and has produced ranges of furniture, lighting and tableware for high street names.
 
He admits to having had an obsession for buildings since childhood: he studied the history of them at Cambridge, has designed everything in and around them, has lit them and written about them. He now champions issues such as context, the historic environment and sustainable construction, often in his feisty columns in which he takes on planners, architects and developers. His two ambitions are to entertain and to make the built environment better - and consequently 'make people feel better'.

Kevin's forays into television include Don't Look Down for BBC2 in 2002, in which he climbed six tall buildings and Demolition for Channel 4 in 2005, in which he, George Ferguson and Janet Street-Porter started a campaign to improve public space in our towns and cities. In 2008 Channel 4 screened Kevin McCloud and the Big Town Plan, a major series that was five years in the making, covering the problems of urban regeneration and design quality in the public realm. The effects of this series have reverberated through government, councils and regeneration agencies across Britain.

In 2006, in response to the many issues of the quality of housing in Britain, Kevin founded Hab Housing. Its first project was a community of ecological and beautiful homes in Swindon. 
 
Kevin was awarded two honorary doctorates in 2005, from Plymouth and Oxford Brookes. He is a 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.

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