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Thursday 06 Aug 2009

Alsop steps down

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11/08/09 Mike Gold, London
A big shock. What has happened where one of the few international architectural practice capable of buildings that dont just emptily amaze, but resonate as joyful, amusing, far out yet seriously clever, practical works in the art, is disrupted? A practice with expanding contacts all over the world while others shrink? A practice with with a brilliant leader and tried teams, that help bring pure architectural wit, creatively and efficiently to successful conclusions?
Whatever is going on, fine painter as he is, so linked is Will's work in this area, to new architectural vision, there is no way he will just paint. I look forward to Alsop as Lloyd Wright, Corbusier, and others in their 60's plus, renewing themselves and their studios and helpers, breaking new ground, producing more of the best,
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Stirling Prize winner Will Alsop will retain a consultancy at Archial 

Highly revered architect Will Alsop has announced he is revoking control of Alsop Architects and will now take up only a consulting role at Archial, the organisation which wholly owns his design practice. The 61 year old is reportedly going to concentrate on his painting which he believes will 'make (him) happier'.

Known for his rather bohemian lifestyle, Alsop is an outspoken member of the architecture world having recently generated wide protest over the intrusion of Prince Charles in planning matters, boycotting the Prince's speech at the RIBA. On the matter of his departure from Alsop Architects, he told UK publication Building Design, "Whatever age you are, you shouldn’t be afraid to make changes to your life."

Alsop is responsible for the design of highly publicised buildings such as Peckham Library and the Hôtel du Département des Bouches-du-Rhône in Marsailles, or Big Blue as it is commonly regarded. Archial CEO Chris Littlemore said: “We look forward to continuing the Group’s relationship with Will in this new consultancy role and maintaining an ongoing relationship with Will."

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