Global design studio RMJM has had a difficult few years, riding out the economic downturn with numerous compromises along the way. Will Alsop was a key figure in the rejuvenation efforts of the firm after joining the practice in 2009 to head a new flagship office under the banner ‘Will Alsop at RMJM’. The architect’s extravagant ideas and visionary designs are matched by a larger than life personality which brought both admirers and critics to the fore.
Two and a half years later and the former WAN judge has announced that he is leaving the company to set up his own design studio with RMJM colleague Scott Lawrie, to be based in London. Covering the areas of architecture, masterplanning, interior design, product and graphic design, the two heads of the company will be joined by a number of other RMJM staff at their new base in England’s capital.
Speaking on the news, Chief Executive of RMJM Peter Morrison explained: “We have been in discussion with Will and Scott for some time and all parties feel that this is the best way forward. Will and Scott have played an important role internationally for the firm and are undoubtedly architects with enormous talent and an excellent reputation.
“We are extremely grateful for their contribution to the business over the past two years and whilst I understand their desire to start something new, our intention is to continue to work together on a number of ongoing projects.” He stressed: “Whilst the market throughout the world continues to be challenging, our range of architectural talent within the business has underpinned a strong, ongoing growth across the group.”