One of the most successful architects and designers in the UK, Kieran Long is the Director of Architecture at the prestigious Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design in Stockholm. He has also worked as the senior curator of contemporary architecture, design and digital at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) since 2013.
Graduating from Cardiff University in 1998 with a degree in English literature, making the move into architecture was always going to be Kieran’s true calling. His role with the V&A has given him a number of responsibilities and he oversees a department that includes digital design, product design, architecture and urbanism. He has previously stated that he hopes he can bring a crossover to the various disciplines within the industry.
He has also had various journalistic roles and has edited the Architectural Review and Architect’s Journal and has won awards for his editorial work achieving the IBP Architectural Critic of the Year award in 2004, the award’s inaugural year. He was further nominated for the award in 2005 and 2006. Having also edited Icon magazine and Building Design magazine, he found himself nominated for the PPA New Editor of the Year award in 2008.
Currently he is the Evening Standard’s architecture critic offering his expertise on the latest projects and innovations in the industry. His journalistic talents have also seen him make an impact in the broadcasting world, presenting BBC shows Restoration Home and The House That £100k Built whose opening episode drew in almost 3 million viewers a remarkable feat for an architecture programme.
He has also made contributions to BBC News, Channel 4 News and The Culture Show providing a fascinating insight into architecture and design. Not only this, Kieran is a hit as an after dinner speaker and his charismatic and engaging personality transfer wonderfully from the television screen to a live audience.