Biography

Biography

 
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Tom Dyckhoff is a writer, broadcaster, historian and enthusiast about architecture, cities, design and places. His first book – The Age of Spectacle: adventures in architecture and the 21st century city - a history of contemporary architecture and cities, will be published on April 20, 2017 by Random House.

Other current projects include presenting BBC2’s primetime The Great Interior Design Challenge, now on its fourth series; and writing and presenting The Design Dimension, a regular series on design for BBC Radio 4.

Tom has written and presented many series and one-off documentaries for British television and radio, including Channel 4’s The Secret Life of Buildings, in which he looked at the effects of architecture and spaces on our brains and bodies; and BBC2’s seven-part series Saving Britain’s Past, in which Tom examined the UK’s obsession with heritage.

He also wrote and presented many short and full-length documentaries on architecture, cities and design for BBC television’s long-running weekly arts programme, The Culture Show, for which he interviewed figures from Oscar Niemeyer to Frank Gehry, and fronted special episodes on subjects from the Stirling Prize for architecture, to Lego toys, Chinese culture and Britain's housing crisis.

Tom has written a weekly column for The Guardian newspaper’s Weekend magazine for more than a decade, and, from 2003 to 2011, was architecture critic for The Times newspaper.

Tom graduated from Oxford University (MA Geography), and University College London (MSc Architectural History). He began his career at Perspectives, the Prince of Wales’s architectural magazine, before becoming exhibitions curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects, and then deputy editor of Space, The Guardian newspaper’s design and homes section.

He has also written widely for international publications including GQ, Wallpaper, New Statesman, Domus, Icon and Blueprint, has taught as a visiting tutor and critic at various universities, and regularly lectures and hosts or chairs events.

From 2013 to 2016 he was the editorial consultant for the 21st edition of Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture (Bloomsbury), rethinking the content, structure, purpose and digital future of this classic text, first published in the late 19th century.

Tom is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and has been an honorary research associate at the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London, a trustee on the board of the Architecture Foundation and on the Arts Council’s Architecture Committee, and sat on the national shortlisting jury for the Stirling Prize for Architecture from 2008 to 2011. In 2013 he was a judge for the Stirling Prize finalists.

He lives in London, with his family.