Maxwell Hutchinson

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Maxwell Hutchinson
President of the Royal Institute of British Architects
In office
Preceded byRod Hackney
Succeeded byRichard MacCormac
Personal details
John Maxwell Hutchinson

(1948-12-03) 3 December 1948 (age 73)
Grantham, Lincolnshire, England
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
EducationWellingborough Preparatory School
Oundle School
Alma materScott Sutherland School of Architecture
Architectural Association School of Architecture

John Maxwell Hutchinson (born 3 December 1948)[1] is an English architect, broadcaster, and Anglican deacon. He is a former president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Early life and education[edit]

Hutchinson was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire to Frank Maxwell Hutchinson and his wife Elizabeth Ross (née Wright).

Hutchinson was educated at two independent schools in Northamptonshire: at Wellingborough Preparatory School, a day school in the market town of Wellingborough, followed by Oundle School, a boarding independent school in the market town of Oundle. He studied architecture at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in Bedford Square, London, gaining a diploma from the latter in 1972. He joined the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 1972.



In 1972, Hutchinson founded Hutchinson & Partners. In 1993, he founded The Hutchinson Studio Architects. He was president of RIBA from 1989 to 1991. From 1987 to 1989, he was Chairman of the Industrial Building Bureau (based in Hemel Hempstead). From 1990 to 1992, he was vice-Chairman of the Construction Industry Council.

Hutchinson is the concept architect and inventor of The Alpha House. He is a practising architect of buildings including the following, all of which are in London, England:

Hutchinson was also a visiting professor at the University of Westminster (1998–2000) and previously at the University of Nottingham (1993–1996) and Queen's University Belfast (1989–1993).

Pro-bono work[edit]

Hutchinson was caught up in the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, and from this he launched the charity Architects For Aid (A4A). Following his experience of the tsunami, Hutchinson founded the architectural charity Article 25. He currently sits on the Board of Trustees and is heavily involved in the fundraising side of the charity. In October 2009, Hutchinson ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon with the proceeds going towards Article 25's projects throughout the world.


Hutchinson is also a regular television broadcaster, being the best-known broadcasting architect in the UK. He wrote and presented three series for the Discovery Channel on architecture, engineering and science, and worked on BBC Two's First Sight and Restoration Nation.

Hutchinson has also presented Channel Four's Demolition Detectives, and wrote and presented No 57, The History of A House. He has also contributed to Carlton Television's The Good, The Bad and The Listed as well as Anglia Television's Hidden Heritage and on BBC Yorkshire's Inside Out programme. Her was the local presenter for London for the BBC's Man-Made Wonders series in 2006. On 7 June 2009, he presented a Songs of Praise about the architecture of Trafalgar Square, meeting Ralph McTell and Bruce Kent.

Hutchinson is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio Four, as well as BBC Two's Newsnight, Robert Elms' show on BBC London 94.9 (semi-regularly on Sundays) and various programmes on LBC radio. On BBC Two, he presented How to Rescue a House, now seen on UKTV Style.

Ordained ministry[edit]

On 28 June 2014, Hutchinson was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon by Richard Chartres during a service at St Paul's Cathedral.[2][3] From 2014 to 2016, he was a non-stipendiary minister at St John on Bethnal Green in the Diocese of London.[4] Since 2016, he has been a curate of St Peter and St Paul, Chingford.[4]

Personal life[edit]

When in Aberdeen, Hutchinson played a multi-instrumentalist role in various bands including Cousin Mary with fellow architectural students, Iain Wolstenholme aka djRayC (bass and harmonica) and Martin Pottinger (drums and percussion). Guests at various times included Judge Smith and David Jackson (both of Van der Graaf Generator). With composer Smith on vocals, Cousin Mary recorded the demo for "Imperial Zeppelin" in 1969 (at a one-time Troggs' local countryside recording studio) subsequently released on album by co-composer Peter Hammill with Pottinger from the Cousin Mary band repeating his role on drums. The original demo eventually saw the light of day in 1991, when released by Judge Smith on his first solo CD, Democrazy.

Hutchinson also played guitar for some time for Lene Lovich, for whom Judge Smith wrote. He is a churchwarden of Our Most Holy Redeemer on Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell.[5] He plays the piano, and composes music. He is married to Georgina May-Lee Burrell.

In February 2015, Hutchinson suffered a stroke and has had treatment at the Homerton Hospital and Mary Seacole House in London.[6][7] He has made a good recovery and has returned to work, including broadcasting.


  • The Prince of Wales: Right or Wrong?: An architect replies (18 September 1989, Faber and Faber, foreword by Richard Rogers) ISBN 0-571-14287-7.
  • Number 57: the storey of a house (30 June 2003, Headline Book Publishing) ISBN 0-7553-1147-7.


  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Times. 3 December 2007. Retrieved 29 December 2008.
  2. ^ "Thirty six new London clergy ordained at St Paul's Cathedral". Diocese of London. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  3. ^ Green, Alan (2 June 2014). "Ordination of Maxwell Hutchinson". Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b "John Maxwell Hutchinson". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Ordination of Maxwell Hutchinson". Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Maxwell Hutchinson". 10 February 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  7. ^ "BBC Radio London - Robert Elms, With Jenn Grant and 'Whose London', Maxwell Hutchinson joined us on the phone for the first time since his illness". BBC Radio London. 14 April 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2017.

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