About Tom

Tom Dyckhoff is a historian, writer and broadcaster about architecture, cities, design and places.

He is the author of The Age of Spectacle: the rise and fall of iconic architecture (Windmill Books), and the official guide to the architecture of 2012’s Olympic Games, The Architecture of London 2012: Vision, Design, Legacy (John Wiley & Sons).

Tom has written and presented lots of series and documentaries for television, including: four seasons of Netflix/BBC’s The Great Interior Design Challenge, Channel 4’s The Secret Life of Buildings and BBC’s The Culture Show and Saving Britain’s Past. He’s also written and presented many radio documentaries, podcasts and series, including BBC Radio 4’s The Design Dimension.

He teaches history and theory of architecture & cities at University College London and Central St Martins, University of the Arts, London.

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What have people been saying about Tom?
“Dyckhoff’s polemic works so effectively because he doesn't just identify problems; he attempts to suggest solutions, too. Every film ends with a feeling of possibility.” (Rachel Cooke, The New Statesman). “A great storyteller" (Icon). "Discursive [and] knowledgeable" (Jonathan Meades, Literary Review). “In this age of trendy orthodoxies, it is a brave man who squares up to the big guns of architecture” (David Chater, The Times).


News, events & appearances

On May 16th, Tom is hosting the FX Talks in London for the third year running. Speakers include Zoe Laughlin, James Scott and James Woudhuysen.

On June 8th, Tom is hosting an afternoon celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Barbican, London's celebrated postwar estate. Speakers include Elain Harwood, John Grindrod and Otto Saumarez Smith.