It was with great sadness that I learnt of the death of a towering figure in the world of design and a great friend of University of the Arts London, Alan Fletcher.
Alan’s association with the university began in the 1950s when he studied graphic design at Central School of Arts and Crafts. Together with contemporaries, including Derek Birdsall, Sir Terence Conran and David Hicks, he was part of a golden generation that had both the talent and the disregard for the status quo to set about changing the face of design forever.
His passion for his craft was infectious, and he, through his work, continues to be an inspiration to generations of designers at University of the Arts London.
Alan’s world-renowned talent and huge generosity of spirit saw him play an instrumental role – together with some of the country’s most progressive thinkers – in the transformation of The London Institute into University of the Arts London.
In 2000, Alan’s immense contribution to design was recognised when he was awarded the highest honour University of the Arts London can bestow – an honorary fellowship.
Alan will forever be part of the fabric of University of the Arts London and we mourn his passing.
Sir Michael Bichard, Rector, University of the Arts London