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Tom Dyckhoff
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NEIL URL=HTTPS://WWW.TELEGRAPH.CO.UK/CULTURE/TVANDRADIO/8671067/TOM-DYCKHOFF-BRITAINS-BUILDINGS-AND-HOMES-ARE-BAD-FOR-OUR-HEALTH.HTMLDATE=1 AUGUST 2011ACCESSDATE=14 APRIL 2014, | birth_place = St Albans, England| occupation = Critic, journalist, author, presenter| spouse = Claire| children = | years_active = 1998–}}}}Tom Dyckhoff is a British writer, broadcaster and historian on architecture, design and cities. He has worked in television, radio, exhibitions, print and online media. He is best known for being a BBC TV presenter of The Great Interior Design Challenge, The Culture Show, I Love Carbuncles and "The Secret Life of Buildings" (on Channel 4) and Saving Britain's Past.

Early life

He went to Aylesbury Grammar School (between 1983 and 1987) and then to the private Royal Grammar School Worcester (1987–1989).WEB,weblink School Alumni, April 2014, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 6 October 2014, dmy-all, Dyckhoff then received his MAs in Geography from Oxford University,NEWS, Tom, Dyckhoff,weblink 18 May 2001, Tom Dyckhoff finds that geography has shaken off the anoraks, The Guardian, 14 April 2014, and Architectural History from Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London.NEWS,weblink 18 March 2014, TV architecture critic Tom Dyckhoff to give Cheltenham Civic Society annual lecture, Gloucestershire Echo, 14 April 2014, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 16 April 2014, dmy-all,


He began his career in September 1995, at Perspectives on Architecture, (the Prince of Wales's architectural magazine),Richard Hill{{Google books|-ooprFiVHV8C|Designs and Their Consequences: Architecture and Aesthetics|page=368}} before becoming assistant editor at Design magazine, and then exhibitions curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1998. Between 1999 and 2003 was deputy editor of "Space", The Guardian newspaper's design and homes section, and worked on its "Weekend" magazine.Joe Kerr, Andrew Gibson{{Google books|5VdsY1LF_gMC|London From Punk to Blair: Revised Second Edition|page=261}}He is teaching fellow in the history and theory of architecture and cities at the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London.Dyckhoff has written a weekly column for The Guardian newspaper's Weekend magazine since 2001,WEB,weblink Tom Dyckhoff, 2014,, 14 April 2014, and from 2003 to 2011, he was the architecture and design critic for The Times newspaper in London.NEWS, Tom, Dyckhoff,weblink Stirling Prize 2008 winner: Accordia housing development, Cambridge, 14 October 2008, The Times, 15 April 2014, He has written for international publications such as Blueprint,WEB, Josie, Appleton,weblink Architect of the Year 2004, 4 March 2005,, 15 April 2014, Architects' Journal,WEB,weblink Tom Dyckhoff, 2014,, 15 April 2014, GQ, Arena, Wallpaper, Domus, New Statesman, Monocle and Icon.WEB,weblink In Conversation: with Will Alsop & Tom Dyckhoff, 13 April 2005,, 14 April 2014, He has taught at University College London, where he was honorary senior research associate, acts as a visiting critic and lecturer at other universities, and regularly holds lectures and hosts events.
Dyckhoff is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects,WEB,weblink 6 October 2009, RIBA announces 12 Honorary Fellowships,, 15 April 2014, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 16 April 2014, dmy-all, has been a trustee of the Architecture Foundation,WEB,weblink Tom Dyckhoff, Peter Rees, and Vijay Thakur join The AF's Board of Trustees, 25 October 2012,, 14 April 2014, and was on the national shortlisting jury for the Stirling Prize for architecture from 2008 to 2012. In 2013 he was a judge on The Stirling Prize.WEB,weblink Utterly magical building wins Top UK architecture prize – but no cash, 27 September 2013,, 14 April 2014,
He has also sat on the architecture committees of the Arts Council, the British Council and the Twentieth Century Society (which campaigns for 20th century heritage),WEB,weblink Journal 4: Post-war Houses, 2000,, 15 April 2014, and on the British Council jury selecting the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.WEB,weblink Echo/City – An Urban Register, 2006,, 14 April 2014, In 2013, he began making radio programmes for BBC Radio 4, such as a documentary on Buckminster Fuller (an American design polymath), and a regular series on design, The Design Dimension.WEB,weblink An Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, 1 March 2013,, 14 April 2014, He was an editorial consultant behind rethinking the 21st edition of Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. In 2017, Penguin Random House published his first book, The Age of Spectacle: adventures in architecture and the 21st-century city, a history of architecture and cities since the 1970s.

Television career

Dyckhoff's first documentary was a one off, in 2004, about brutalist architecture for Channel 4, 'I Love Carbuncles'.WEB, Rachel, Cooke, 15 August 2011,weblink The Secret Life of Buildings (Channel 4), The New Statesman, 14 April 2014, From 2006 to 2016, he was a Culture Show presenter, where he wrote and presented a range of short and full-length documentaries on diverse subjects and interviewees such as Frank Gehry, Ikea, Chinese design and architecture, Oscar Niemeyer, Thomas Heatherwick, Dieter Rams and Lego.NEWS,weblink 10 February 2014, TV preview: The Culture Show: Lego – The Building Block of Architecture, Stoke Sentinel, 14 April 2014, WEB,weblink The Culture Show: Lego – The Building Blocks of Architecture, 2014, Radio Times, 14 April 2014, In 2009, he presented Saving Britain's Past, an exploration of Britain's relationship with heritage, on BBC2.WEB,weblink Saving Britain's Past, 12 August 2009,, 14 April 2014, In 2011, he was a presenter of Channel 4's three-part series Secret Life of Buildings, which used the latest research in psychology and neuroscience and real-life experiments to examine the impact of spaces and architecture on our brains and bodies.WEB, Mic, Wright,weblink 4 August 2011, My Television Week: Dragons' Den, The Secret Life Of Buildings, Huffington Post, 15 April 2014, In 2013, he began presenting The Great Interior Design Challenge on BBC 2, now on its fourth series.NEWS, Ted, Thornhill,weblink 13 November 2013, Changing Rooms reborn as The Great Interior Design Challenge as BBC bosses give design show a Bake Off–style makeover, Daily Mail, 15 April 2014,

Personal life

He lives in South East London, with his family. He is married to Claire.


  • BOOK

, 27 February 2012
, The Architecture of London 2012: Vision, Design and Legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games – An Official London 2012 Publication
, Dyckhoff
, Tom
, John Wiley & Sons
, B00CB5GE5C,
Co-authored with Claire Barrett
  • BOOK

, 20 June 2017
, The Age of Spectacle: adventures in architecture and the 21st-century city
, Dyckhoff
, Tom
, Random House Books
, 1847946526,


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