Prof Will Alsop OBE RA 12
December 1947 - 12 May 2018
'It is with great sadness
that I must inform you that on Saturday 12 May 2018, Will passed
away after a short illness. On behalf of the studio we send our
condolences to Sheila, Will's wife, and to his three children,
Ollie, Piers and Nancy. Our thoughts are with them.
Will has inspired generations and
impacted many lives through his work. It is a comfort to know that
due to the nature of Will's work and character, he will continue to
inspire and bring great joy. He had an exceptional ability to
recognise particular strengths in individuals which he would draw
out and nurture. His design ethos, essentially to 'make life
better', is evident in the architecture of his buildings and their
We will miss him
Marcos Rosello, Co-Founder, aLL
Prof. Will Alsop OBE RA was a prominent architect and artist who
established aLL Design in 2011. He was awarded the RIBA Stirling
Prize for Peckham Library, London and the first RIBA World Award
for The Sharp Centre for Design (OCAD), Toronto, amongst numerous
other prestigious accolades for a multitude of projects. His work
encompassed all sectors of architecture including urban design and
planning. His studio practice also incorporated painting and
His core values were innovation, expression and originality with an
emphasis on enjoyment.
He worked on a vast array of projects 'from teaspoon to city'
and everything in between, including numerous international
workshops and lectures. His interaction with and involvement of
people both within and outside the arts led to design that
challenged architectural norms.
His practice was founded principally to 'make life better' -
the philosophy extends from the design of individual buildings to
embrace broader principles of urbanism and city development
and uses painting, writing and 'playing' to further
the understanding of design. Will sat on the
architectural advisory boards for Wandsworth and Kensington &
Chelsea Councils. He was Professor of Architecture at TU
Vienna; Professor of Architecture at Canterbury School of
Architecture, UCA and in 2015 was awarded
the degree of Honorary Doctor of Design (HonDDes)
from the University of Greenwich,
in recognition of his achievements.
Will specialised in large-scale master plans and regeneration
projects for boroughs and districts in Almere, Rotterdam,
Groningen, Berlin, Manchester, Middlesbrough, and Barnsley, for
which he won the 2003 Architects' Journal Award for Architecture.
His recent projects included designing part of the regeneration of
Kew Gate district for the London Borough of Hounslow; developing
schemes for Vauxhall's regeneration and working internationally in
China, Canada and Europe.
Alsop's iconic designs such as the Glenwood Power Plant in Yonkers,
New York and the Sharp Centre for Design for the Ontario College of
Art and Design in Toronto established him as a visionary in the
field of architecture.