About

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

He's currently honorary senior research associate at The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London, and editor of the 21st edition of Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture, rethinking a long-established, encyclopaedic history of architecture from its ancient origins to the present day; and he's (very slowly) writing his first book, on contemporary architecture and cities, for Random House. Other current projects include presenting the second series of BBC2's The Great Interior Design Challenge.

Tom has written and presented many documentaries for British television and radio, including Channel 4’s primetime series The Secret Life of Buildings, in which he looked at the effects of architecture and spaces on our brains and bodies; for BBC2’s series Saving Britain’s Past, Tom examined the country’s obsession with heritage; in I Love Carbuncles, for Channel 4, he revealed his passion for concrete Brutalism.

He has also written and presented many short and full-length documentaries on architecture, cities and design for BBC television’s weekly arts programme, The Culture Show, for which he has interviewed figures from Oscar Niemeyer to Frank Gehry, and fronted special episodes on subjects from the Stirling Prize for architecture, to Lego, 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, London.

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 at various universities, and regularly lectures and hosts or chairs events, including The Stirling Prize in 2009 and 2010.

Tom is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a trustee on the board of the Architecture Foundation, and sat on the national shortlisting jury for the Stirling Prize for architecture from 2008 to 2011. Last year he was a judge for the Stirling Prize finalists.

He lives in London, with his family.