The Late Will Alsop

The Late Will Alsop


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 surrounding communities.

We will miss him greatly.'

Marcos Rosello, Co-Founder, aLL Design

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 product design.

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.