Washington-raised architect and TV present George Clarke has been handed an honorary degree by Northumbria University.
George wanted to be an architect from the age of 12 and studied architecture at Newcastle University and University College London.
After graduating in 1995, Clarke trained and worked with FaulknerBrowns in Newcastle, before joining world famous architect Sir Terry Farrell, working in both London and Hong Kong.
In 2011, he set up his own practice.
As the creative director of George Clarke & Partners, he has a reputation for designing and building high-quality projects in the UK and internationally.
George is Channel 4’s face of architecture and is best-known for his work on The Home Show, Restoration Man and George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.
He is also the founder of television production company Amazing Productions and the author of several books.
A passionate Sunderland AFC, George now lives in London, but has family in Washington and Sunderland, and visits the area regularly.
Upon receiving his Honorary Degree, George said: “It is an absolute honour to be receiving such a prestigious degree from Northumbria University.
“Being a Washington boy I’m passionate about the North East and I’m proud to become part of a university with such a talent for Architecture and Creative Design.”
George has used his high public profile to support a wide range of charitable causes, including the Civic Trust Awards Scheme, Shelter and the Prince’s Foundation.
In April 2012, he was appointed as an independent adviser to the government to help bring thousands of empty properties back into use for families in need of stable, secure homes.