Charlie Luxton is an architectural designer who combines his design work with writing and presenting television programmes. He is passionate about the environment and communicating his enthusiasm for sustainable architecture and eco-friendly design.
Charlie studied at Oxford Brookes University for a BA in Architecture achieving a first class honours degree, before going on to complete an MA at the Royal College of Art in London. He worked for a number of architecture practices and then in 2000 became a founding director of Free State, the design and communications company that uses the built environment to create awareness far beyond the reach of traditional media. Recent projects include Zoomorphic, an exhibition for the V&A and Electric Storm, a 3-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.
In 2008 Charlie became the face of Architecture and Design on Five. He presented the first series of “I Own Britain’s Best House” and was later given access to landmark buildings, including the Bank of England, for“Behind Closed Doors”. His most recent projects for the channel include the returning series “Build A New Life In The Country”, and “Best House On The Street”. He has also completed filming on a second series of “Vertical City” for Gallery HD.
In 2007 Charlie filmed the ITV1 series “Homes and Property” and the first series of Vertical City. He also filmed a second programme in the Pilot Productions’ Metropolis series on design and architecture in Los Angeles. He rounded off the year presenting a one off documentary for BBC Radio 4 entitled “The Perfect House”, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth ofAndrea Palladio. In 2006 Charlie filmed “Artland USA” for a US broadcaster which looked at architecture across America, and he completed a separate film on architectural design in Bali. In 2005 Charlie presented “Restored to Glory”, a prime time BBC2 series covering architectural restoration, and conceived and presented a 1-hour documentary about biomemetics called“Bionic Buildings” for BBC3.
In May 2004 Charlie hosted “The Designer of the Year Awards” for BBC4. He also presented 2 series of “Dreamspaces” for BBC3 in 2003. In 2001 he presented and wrote “Not All Houses Are Square” – a 3-part series for Channel 4 followed by a second series “Not All Bricks And Mortar”with Tiger Aspect Productions which was transmitted in 2002.
In 2000, Charlie presented a 6-part series called “Modern British Architects” for Channel
Charlie was born in Sydney, Australia and has lived in England since 1983.