William ( "Will" ) Allen Alsop OBE, RA, ( born December 12, 1947 in Northampton ) is a London- active British architect and painter. Alsop's buildings stand out with bright colors and unusual and avant-garde forms and therefore are partially rise to public controversy. In 2000 he was awarded the Stirling Prize for the newly built library in Peckham in south-east London.
Alsop studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, where he participated in an architectural competition for the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris at age 23 and behind Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano was second. Even before his graduation in 1971 he worked first with the architect Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew together, which established the new architecture in the 1930s in Britain. His degree in architecture, he won in 1973. Thereafter Alsop worked from 1973 to 1977 with Cedric Price and 1977-1979 with Roderick Ham together. Together with Zaha Hadid, he participated in the International Building Exhibition 1984 in Berlin Stresemannstraße.
Will Alsop has held several visiting professorships, among other things, was Professor at the University of Arts in Bremen. Since 1997 he is full professor at the Technical University of Vienna.
Alsop's architectural firm has offices in Abu Dhabi, Beijing, London, Malaysia, Shanghai and Singapore. His office has worked in recent years primarily to large-scale development plans and redevelopment projects.
Despite its sometimes controversial buildings recorded he gained a high international reputation and is considered by Rogers and Norman Foster as the third most important British architect. For his services he was awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of the British Empire ( OBE) in 2000.
Will Alsop is married and has three children.
Honors and Awards (selection)
Will Alsop has been awarded several honorary doctorates, including 2004 by the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto and the University of Nottingham Trent School of Architecture. In addition, he received a number of architectural awards, including 2nd prize for the British Pavilion at the World Expo in Seville Expo 92 Alsop was chosen on 18 May 2000 as a member of the Royal Academy of Arts. On 18 July 2008 he was appointed a Fellow of Queen Mary and Westfield College.