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Dan Cruickshank

Dan Cruickshank signs an autograph for a fan at The Holiday & Travel Show 2009 at Birmingham's NEC.
Born August 26, 1949 (1949-08-26) (age 60)
Residence Spitalfields, London
Occupation Art/Architectural historian, television presenter, author

Dan Cruickshank (born 26 August 1949) is an art/architectural historian and BBC television presenter.




Early life

As a young child he lived for some years in Poland. His father was a journalist based in Warsaw. On a holiday with his family he visited the delightful square in Krakow and it was there he fell in love with architecture.

Professional career

Cruickshank holds a BA in Art, Design and Architecture and was formerly a Visiting Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Sheffield and a member of the London faculty of the University of Delaware. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a member of the Executive Committee of the Georgian Group and on the Architectural Panel of the National Trust.

He has served as Historic Buildings Consultant for Robert Adam Architects since 1999 and has been involved in the repair and restoration of many historical buildings including Spencer House in St James’s, Heveningham Hall in Suffolk and numerous early eighteenth century houses in Spitalfields and other parts of London.[1]

His professional publications include London the Art of Georgian Buildings, The National Trust and Irish Georgian Society Guide to the Georgian Buildings of Britain and Ireland and ‘’Life in the Georgian City’’. He edited the 20th edition of Sir Banister Fletcher’s History of Architecture and Timeless Architecture: a study of key buildings in architectural history and is a contributing editor to Architects’ Journal, The Architectural Review and Perspectives on Architecture.

Television work

Cruickshank began his career with the BBC as consultant, writer and presenter on the architectural programmes One Foot in the Past and The House Detectives. He also contributed films to the Timewatch and Omnibus strands.[2]

In 2001 he wrote and presented the series Invasion in which he examined attempts and plans to invade Britain and Ireland over the years by exploring coastal fortresses and defensive structures around the coast of the country to discover their military heritage.

Further series included Britain's Best Buildings examining architecturally- or culturally-significant buildings in Great Britain,Under Fire visiting museums and buildings in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel to see how recent warfare has affected the country's historic artefacts, and What the Industrial Revolution Did for Us focusing on the scientific, technological and political changes of the 19th century.

In 2003, Cruickshank presented a documentary entitled Towering Ambitions: Dan Cruickshank at Ground Zero following the debate and discussion that led to the selection of Daniel Libeskind's design for the World Trade Center site in New York City; while in 2005 he presented a documentary on the Mitchell and Kenyon collection — rolls of nitrate film shot in the early 20th century, depicting everyday life in Britain, which were discovered in 1994 in Blackburn.

Perhaps his greatest success to date came with Around the World in 80 Treasures, charting Cruickshank's five-month trip around the world to visit eighty man-made artefacts or buildings that he has selected, in order to chart the history of mankind's civilisation. A BBC television series and book, first broadcast in 2005.

In 2006, Cruickshank presented Marvels of the Modern Age, a series focusing on the development of modernism in design, from Greek and Roman architecture, to Bauhaus and the present.

Dan Cruickshank's Adventures in Architecture, a 2008 series in which he travelled around the world visiting what he considered to be the world's most unusual and interesting buildings.

In 2010, he embarked on a 3 part series on the history of the railways in Britain for National Geographic TV channel, including visits to Chester to examine the events surrounding the Dee bridge disaster of 1847, and Manchester for the Liverpool and Manchester Railway which opened in 1830. The series is titles "Great Railway Adventures" and will appear in the next few months.

Personal life

Cruickshank lives in a Georgian house in Spitalfields, London, which he shares with his partner Marenka Gabeler and daughter from a previous marriage Isabel.[3]



  • Cruickshank, Dan, & Colin Amery (12 June 1975). The Rape of Britain. Elek (Paul) (Scientific Books) Ltd.. ISBN 978-0236310197. 
  • Cruickshank, Dan (10 October 1985). National Trust and the Irish Georgian Society Guide to Georgian Buildings of Britain and Ireland. Weidenfeld Nicolson Illustrated (hardcover). ISBN 978-0297786108. 
  • Cruickshank, Dan, & Neil Burton (1 March 1990). Life in the Georgian City. Viking Press (hardcover). ISBN 978-0670812660. 
  • Cruickshank, Dan, Tony Rivers, Gillian Darley & Martin Pawley (1 January 1993). The Name of the Room: History of the British House and Home. BBC Books (hardcover). ISBN 978-0563363217. 
  • Cruickshank, Dan (editor) (21 September 1996). Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture (20th edition). Architectural Press (hardcover). ISBN 978-0750622677. 
  • Cruickshank, Dan (editor) (15 October 2000). Architecture: The Critics' Choice. Aurum Press Ltd (hardcover). ISBN 978-1854107206. 
  • Cruickshank, Dan (editor) (12 October 2001). Invasion: Defending Britain from Attack. Boxtree Ltd. (hardcover). ISBN 978-0752220291. 
  • Cruickshank, Dan (10 October 2002). The StoryBritain's Best Buildings. BBC Books (hardcover). ISBN 978-0563488231. 
  • Cruickshank, Dan, & David Vincent (9 October 2003). Under Fire. BBC Books (hardcover). ISBN 978-0563487685. 
  • Cruickshank, Dan (8 March 2004). The Royal Hospital Chelsea: The Place and the People. Third Millennium Publishing (hardcover). ISBN 978-1903942277. 
  • Cruickshank, Dan, Nicola Jackson & Ricky Burdett (6 July 2004). Building the BBC: A Return to Form. Wordsearch Communications (paperback). ISBN 978-1860002212. 
  • Cruickshank, Dan, & Steven Brindle (25 August 2005). Brunel: The Man Who Built the World. Weidenfeld & Nicolson (hardcover). ISBN 978-0297844082. 
  • Cruickshank, Dan (17 February 2005). Around the World in Eighty Treasures. Weidenfeld & Nicolson (hardcover). ISBN 978-0297843993. 
  • Cruickshank, Dan (3 April 2008). Adventures In Architecture. Weidenfeld & Nicolson (hardcover). ISBN 978-0297844440. 
  • Cruickshank, Dan (24 November 2009). The Secret History of Georgian London: How the Wages of Sin Shaped the Capital. Random House (hardcover). ISBN 978–1847945372. 


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