Eric Lyons was an architect and designer that rose to fame because of his development of technologically advanced housing communities for families in England in the later part of the 20th century. After receiving guidance from Maxwell Fry and Walter Gropius, he started Span Developments, alongside Leslie Bilsby and Geoffrey Townsend. Together, the trio went on to design and build over 73 estates, some of which today have received conservation area status. This is to acknowledge the close communities that are facilitated with considerable garden areas, soften edges of indoor and outdoor space, light, glass and facade angles used for decoration and privacy. The estates were regarded as the peak of Modern Architecture and it was a clear example of a prosperous, experimental modernism. Eric Lyons was attentive to the properties, landscape and designs of the surroundings and managed to design public areas that would encourage the residents to mingle. He was also the RIBA president from 1975 to 1977.