Kevin McCloud is the Presenter of the internationally-renowned television series Grand Designs on Channel 4, which follows unusual and ambitious home-building projects. The programme won a BAFTA for best feature and has resulted in other shows such as Grand Designs House of the Year, visiting cutting edge homes across the UK – all in the running for the prestigious RIBA House of the Year Award. Grand Designs has been shown globally and the accompanying magazine and Grand Designs Live exhibitions attract huge audiences.
The programme has made a ground-breaking contribution to the development of sustainable design and Kevin brings huge credibility as a keynote speaker on conservation, restoration and the circular economy. He is also a brilliant performer with a live audience and, alongside Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, was a member of the Footlights Revue at Cambridge University, where he studied the History of Art and Architecture.
Born in Bedfordshire in 1959, Kevin KcCloud was raised with his two brothers in a house built by his parents and so his commitment to the circular economy was instilled from an early age. An early project in interior design and lighting in which he was involved was the carved and painted vegetable ceiling in the Harrods Food Halls.
Many of his projects entail using sustainable, environmentally-sensitive materials, including programmes such as Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home, Kevin’s Supersized Salvage and Kevin McCloud’s Escape to the Wild. He also spent more than two weeks in the slums of Mumbai for Channel 4’s India Season. In Grand Designs: The Street Kevin followed ten families constructing their own homes as part of creating a new street.
In other programmes, he fronted Escape To The Wild in 2015, featuring four British families who try to live self-sustaining lives in some of the world’s remotest areas. In another series, Kevin McCloud’s Rough Guide to the Future, three comedians Alice Levine, Jon Richardson and Phil Wang scour the globe to take a sideways look at some of the planet’s biggest issues and the technology that could offer solutions.
In 2014 Kevin was awarded an MBE for his services to architecture. He’s an Honorary Fellow of RIBA and the Society of Light and Lighting and a fellow of WWF.
Kevin McCloud would give your event unparalleled and entertaining insights as a keynote speaker on the circular economy, sustainable design and development, the environment and the conservation of resources.