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Dan Cruickshank is an architectural historian, celebrated author and television presenter.
A passionate campaigner for historical buildings, he speaks regularly on the topics of Design, History and Travel.
Dan holds a BA in design and art and architectural history. He has held several academic posts since the 1970s, is currently an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and continues to lecture in several architecture schools in Britain and overseas.
For over 25 years he has worked as an independent historic-building consultant and since 1999 has served with ADAM Architecture which has been involved in the restoration of many well-known historical buildings. He was a founding Trustee in 1975 of SAVE Britain's Heritage, a co-founder of the Spitalfields Historic Buildings Trust and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Georgian Group and on the Architectural Panel of the National Trust.
He has written and presented many programmes for the BBC since the early 1990s, including Around the World in Eighty Treasures and The House Detectives. He also contributed films to Timewatch and Omnibus and has worked on several one-off programmes including Britain's Park Story and Invasion (the architecture of the defence of Britain). In 2003 he authored and presented a one-hour BBC special on the destruction of the World Trade Center and the competition to design a memorial and new buildings for the site. More recently, he presented a six-part series, The Country House Revealed, to great acclaim.
Dan has written and co-authored dozens of books, including The Secret History of Georgian London, The Rape of Britain (with Colin Amery) and Dan Cruickshank's Bridges: Heroic Designs that Changed the World. He has also written a number of books to accompany his BBC television series and contributes regularly to many magazines and newspapers.
Dan has travelled extensively in hostile environments. In 2002 he worked on a series for BBC 2 entitled Under Fire. Nominated for a Royal Television Society award, this series involved journeys through Afghanistan just after the fall of the Taliban regime, through Iraq just before the fall of Saddam Hussein and through Israel when the second Gulf War was at its height. Subsequently he returned to Iraq ten days after the fall of Saddam and made a one-hour programme for BBC2 about the alleged mass-looting of the National Museum in Baghdad.
» Dan Cruickshank talks about a historical house in East London
» Dan Cruickshank visits Thailand and Cambodia
» Dan Cruickshank explores the Palace of Westminster
Books by Dan Cruickshank.