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It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of UCA Honorary Professor Sir Terence Conran. Conran was widely regarded as a once-in-a-generation leader in retail, restaurants and design, and his impact and influence on life in the UK is hard to understate. Beginning in the 1950s Conran’s eye for design and business acumen combined to change the lives of ordinary Britons after the Second World War. The launch of Habitat in the 1960s was the first, and arguably the most significant, of a range of retail ventures. The Design Museum was one of his personal milestones from founding the first riverside location in south-east London, he oversaw an ambitious move to the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington, working with architect John Pawson to create a striking and spacious new home for the collections and exhibitions. He also founded a successful architecture and design studio, Conran + Partners Conran and Partners and three of his children have gone on to build their own successful careers in design – Sebastian (mainly in product and industrial design Sebastian Conran Associates), Jasper (centred around fashion Jasper Conran), and Sophie (focused on products for the home Sophie Conran). Speaking in 2012 when Conran received the honorary professorship, Dr Simon Ofield-Kerr, then Vice Chancellor, said Sir Terence had "single-handedly changed this country's understanding of design and has changed modern life through his products, shops and restaurants". Image credits: The Conran Shop