Tom Dyckhoff

Tom Dyckhoff

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About Tom Dyckhoff

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

Tom presents the BBC Two series, The Great Interior Design Challenge which has aired for four series.

Tom also presents the successful Radio 4 series, The Design Dimension which looks at the world we inhabit through the lens of design.

He was previously architecture critic for BBC television’s arts programme, The Culture Show, for whom he has interviewed architects from Oscar Niemeyer to Frank Gehry, and fronted special episodes on subjects including the Stirling Prize for architecture, Chinese culture, Lego, the new Birmingham library, Tents and British architecture during the recession.

Tom has written and presented many documentaries on British television and radio, including Channel 4’s 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.

Tom has presented Radio 4 documentaries: Room With a View on the history of windows, Animal Architecture on the architecture of zoos and one on Buckminster Fuller.

Tom writes a weekly column for The Guardian newspaper’s Weekend magazine and he can also be found writing about homes in the paper too. For more than a decade from 2003 to 2011, he was architecture critic for The Times newspaper, London. He is also the architecture critic for the New Statesman. Click here to see some of his articles.

Tom is also the Teaching Fellow in The History & Theory of Architecture and Cities at University College London, as well teaching at The Royal College of Art and Central St Martins.

Tom was educated at Oxford University and University College London, and 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 written widely for international publications such as GQ, Arena, Wallpaper, Domus, Icon and Blueprint, has taught at University College London, and as a visiting critic at other universities, and regularly lectures and hosts or chairs events, including The Stirling Prize in 2009 and 2010.

Tom's book, The Age of Spectacle: Adventures in Architecture and the 21st-Century City which examines the modern city and the brash architecture that threatens how we live in it was published earlier this year. 

Tom is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a trustee of the Architecture Foundation, and has been on the national shortlisting jury for the Stirling Prize for architecture since 2008.

He lives in London, with his family.

His website is www.tomdyckhoff.co.uk 

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