January 7, 1977 |
|Occupation||Television Personality, Architect, Model|
Gidding was born in Istanbul, Turkey to an American father and a Turkish mother. He lived in Turkey until moving to the United States for college after attending Leysin American School in Leysin, Switzerland. He graduated from Yale University in 1999 with a BA in architecture, then the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a Master's in architecture. At Yale he sang a cappella with The Society of Orpheus and Bacchus, and choral music with the Yale Glee Club, and at Harvard he sang with the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum. He was voted one of "Yale's 50 Most Beautiful People" in 1999 by Rumpus Magazine, one of "Boston's 50 Most Eligible Bachelors" by The Improper Bostonian in 2002, one of "Atlanta's 50 Most Beautiful People" by Jezebel Magazine and as one of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles's "Emerging Talent: Twenty Under 40" in 2008. He is openly gay and, as of August 2013, married to dancer Damian Smith.
Gidding started modeling in 2000 as a graduate student, performing runway shows for Armani, Gucci, and Hugo Boss before being represented by Wilhelmina Models in New York City. Before entering the design profession, Gidding was the spokesmodel for Jhane Barnes in 2004 and 2005. He's also been on the covers of numerous romance novels.
Gidding moved to New York City where he started John Gidding Design, Inc. after working for two years as a landscape architect for Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.
Gidding's start in television was with the ABC Family TV show Knock First, where he and three other designers took turns making over teenagers' bedrooms. Designed to Sell (Giddings' previous show from 2006 to 2011) was canceled in early 2011 but still airs repeats on HGTV, and Knock First is still running in syndication internationally.
He is currently best known for being the architect-designer on Curb Appeal:The Block where his team spends $20,000 on improvements to the exterior landscaping of chosen homeowners. Less expensive touch-ups are done for 2 or 3 nearby neighbors' homes to improve overall neighborhood property values.
- 2013 Mid-Atlantic Home & Garden Show. "John Gidding." Retrieved 04/06/2013
- The Buffalo Home & Garden Show. "Celebrity Designer John Gidding". Retrieved 2010-11-27.
- NY Daily News. "The Closer: Wall Street's top retail". Retrieved 2010-11-27.
- Beck, Rob (April 2008). "Designed to sell in the ATL". Southern Voice Atlanta (archive). Archived from the original on 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2010-01-16.
- Hertz, Leba (14 August 2013). "Damian Smith retiring from SF Ballet after 18 years". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 13 April 2014.