Honorary degree awarded to Sebastian Conran

Issue date: 23 July 2018


UWE Bristol awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Design to Sebastian Conran in recognition of his contribution to the UK design and enterprise.

The honorary degree was conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Environment and Technology at Bristol Cathedral on Monday 23 July at 10:30.

Sebastian Orby Conran is a designer, inventor and entrepreneur, who focuses on transforming technology into engaging, thoughtful experiences and satisfying products. Born on 5th April 1956, in London, and married to Gertrude, Sebastian has two adult sons: Sam, 29, a sound artist and Max, 23, a cinematographer.

An engineer at heart, Sebastian has design in the blood. He focuses on designing technologies to make them more emotionally engaging. He has created a plethora of enduring designs that have received many design and innovation awards and patents.

CEO of Consequential Robotics and Sebastian Conran Associates, Sebastian takes a hands-on, down-to-earth approach to all his design projects, and is intimately involved in all aspects throughout the innovation journey, sharing his wealth of experience and manufacturing expertise with the design team. From stacking shelves at Habitat as a teenager in the early 1970s to founding the Consequential Robotics startup in 2016, Sebastian's life has been focused on understanding how things are made, sold and used; as well as ingeniously designing innovative, stylish and satisfying products. He has overseen many thousands of successful and enduring products through from concept to consumer.

As an advocate of design and technology, Sebastian is Visiting Professor of Design & Innovation at Bristol Robotics Laboratory, a Designer in Residence in the University of Sheffield's Engineering Faculty and has taught Furniture at the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins. He lectures frequently to students, researchers and professionals, and judges many international design awards. He has written and illustrated several books, articles and papers on design and is an active member of many professional bodies.

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