Charlie Luxton

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Charlie Luxton is an architectural designer, writer and television presenter. He currently presents Building The Dream, Homes By The Sea and Homes By The Med (More 4). 

Charlie began his broadcasting career presenting Modern British Architects for Channel 5. Since then, he has gone on to present Britain’s Hidden Heritage (BBC 1), Restored to Glory and Rebuilding The Past (BBC 2), Homes and Property (ITV), Supercommuters and World’s Weirdest Homes (Channel 4) and Build A New Life In The Country (Channel 5).

He has also worked across the Atlantic presenting Artland USA and Vertical City.

Charlie is passionate about the environment and communicating his enthusiasm for sustainable architecture and eco-friendly design. Studying at Oxford Brookes University, he achieved a first class honours degree in Architecture before going on to complete an MA at the Royal College of Art in London.

Charlie has worked for a number of architecture practices becoming a founding director of Free State in 2000. Past projects include Zoomorphic, an exhibition for the V&A and Electric Storm, a three month renewable energy event on the South Bank in London. In 2005 he left London and Free State to focus on sustainable housing. As Charlie Luxton Environmental Design he is currently working on several sustainable housing projects in London, Wiltshire, and the Cotswolds, where he now lives with his wife and two children.

He is also now Ambassador for Plunkett Foundation, a charity that supports rural community businesses across the UK, working alongside them as part of the charity’s centenary celebrations.

Charlie Luxton regularly gives lectures, hosts awards and facilitates conferences. His speeches cover a wide range of topics relating to architecture, sustainability and design.

Website: Instagram: @Charlierluxton Twitter: @CharlieLuxton

Charlie delivered an incredibly passionate and engaging presentation at our self-build and community-led housing event…we could have listened to him all night. Enormous thanks for travelling to Eden to share your knowledge and experience with us.

Eden District Council, 2019

The feedback from our partners, tenants and colleagues was nothing but positive. Charlie was the exact person we needed on the day, he was a great personality to have with us and chatted to all guests. On his presentation, both the Chair of the Society and Donna, our CEO are to reflect on how we as a Society and an affordable housing provider can incorporate his points raised going forward with our development plans.

South Western Housing Society 75th Birthday Celebrations

Charlie’s talk was really well presented, and I felt dovetailed well with the day’s event. Very personable laid-back character and appeared to get on well with those at his table. Talks a lot of sense and appreciates the role concrete has to play.

The Concrete Society, Evolving Concrete

Charlie is a great presenter and wonderfully engaging, with many laughs along the way. I would thoroughly recommend Charlie for a variety of audiences, everyone will learn a lot from his depth of knowledge and experience. Very enjoyable.


He was brilliant, he pressed all the right buttons, and we hope to meet him in future. Thanks for your input.


Please accept my warm personal thanks, and those of Coventry City Council, for the excellent way in which you introduced and chaired the Symposium last week. The way you did this was key to its smooth running and success. It was a pleasure to meet you and listen to your opening remarks which set the scene for the presentations which followed. The way you facilitated the individual Q&A sessions and the panel discussion was a highlight of the day for many. Delegates from other cities and organisations have also expressed their thanks for a stimulating conference and your contribution to it. I hope we can welcome you to Coventry again. We are at the start of what promises to be an exciting journey and I would welcome the opportunity for us to work with you again.


I would be grateful if you would pass on to Charlie my personal thanks for his excellent Chairmanship…It was a pleasure to meet him. Many delegates have said that a highlight was the fantastic rapport and debate Charlie developed with the speakers…the questions he asked captured the audience?s interest and kept the whole day running smoothly.


…thank you so much for your contribution?.your presentation was excellent and very well received, once again thank you for all your efforts in putting it together!


Thank you for your excellent presentation yesterday. The feedback that I received was that it was great to hear a guest speaker with views on the industry that were current and thought provoking. The only negative was that people in the other sessions wished they had been able to attend, so next time, you may be presenting to more people!


The day went fantastically well and all the kids, and adults, thought Charlie was fantastic. I had sent him an email containing the winning designs the day before and I was unbelievably impressed that he’s not only had a quick look through but had clearly studied them all in great detail.
He was a brilliant ambassador and I?m really pleased that he’s told me to get in touch with him again with a view to doing a feature for my next magazine which comes out in September which can look at various of the projects he’s working on and his great love of Cornwall.


I’m pleased to say everything went really well! Charlie is a great speaker. He’s got a lovely manner on stage, very relaxed but very engaging.


Charlie’s session was inspiring, engaging and delivered with both authority and flair. His knowledge and passion for sustainable architecture were evident throughout his speech and we were particularly impressed by his willingness to continue the debate informally after the session. Many delegates fed back to us that his session was the highlight of the event for them.


Charlie injected a spark of humour into a serious topic that got delegates and speakers talking afterwards. A few delegates were overheard saying that they would consider booking him for their events!


Charlie has attended Grand Designs Live in London and Birmingham in 2012, and we love having him. Charlie delivers a very engaging and well thought out seminar that has drawn in a large audience each time. His thought provoking seminars have encouraged visitor participation and we have received very positive feedback. He has always approached the shows in a very professional manner and has been keen to get involved with other areas of the show as well. Thank you!

Grand Designs Live (Show Manager, Median Ten)

Charlie was, as ever, in great demand with show visitors, with his one to one appointments on the Ask the Experts Advice Centre booked out within minutes of the show opening. Charlie’s seminar sessions on Sustainable Home Design and How to Design Your Dream Home were packed with standing room only, as was the debate he took part in, on whether Heat Pumps really work cost effectively.


Thanks for speaking at the conference. Not only did I enjoy your speech but I got a lot out of it. The delegate reaction was excellent and it did what we wanted it to do, which was to make them all think.


A huge thank you to Charlie for hosting the AT Schueco Awards so brilliantly. Charlie did a fantastic job. His enthusiasm and obvious prep with the script made an enormous difference to the event. Feedback from the client, the winners and audience has been very positive.

AT Schueco Awards 2020

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