Arthur Lyons was formerly Head of Quality, Principal Lecturer and Teacher Fellow for building materials in the Leicester School of Architecture, Faculty of Art and Design, De Montfort University, Leicester. He was educated at Hawarden Grammar School, where as Head Boy he gained an Open Exhibition and State Scholarship to Trinity Hall, Cambridge to read Natural Sciences.
Following a year in industry with ICI Fibres in Pontypool, Arthur Lyons studied for an MSc at Warwick University, followed by a PhD and post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Physical Chemistry at the University of Leicester. After two years at Thames Polytechnic (now Greenwich University), Arthur Lyons took up a teaching post at Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University) School of Architecture, where he studied for the Postgraduate Diploma in architectural building conservation. He was a lecturer in building materials within schools of architecture and surveying for thirty five years.
In recognition of his services to architects and architecture, Arthur Lyons was honoured with life membership of the Leicestershire and Rutland Society of Architects and he is currently the only recipient of this prestigious award. A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, he retains his active interest in architecture through liaison with the local society of architects and the Leicester School of Architecture of De Montfort University, where he is currently an Honorary Research Fellow.
The author is married to Susan Lyons, and has two daughters Claire and Elizabeth, living in Perth, Australia and London respectively.