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Thursday31 July 2014

Alsop denies reports he is set to leave RMJM

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Stirling prize winner insists no new career move is on the cards

Will Alsop and RMJM have denied reports that he is poised to quit the firm.

A story published by the Architects’ Journal said that Alsop, who currently runs the Will Alsop at RMJM studio in London, was planning to set up a new partnership with fellow RMJM principal Scott Lawrie and had called a “crunch meeting” with RMJM bosses Peter and Fraser Morrison.

However, Alsop and his commercial director Marcus Noble insisted that this was an unfounded rumour.

“I don’t have any plans to leave at all,” Alsop told BD. “I am aware of these rumours - it is like rumours on rumours.”

“Archial I couldn’t stand. RMJM is much better - I can do architecture here and am extremely busy.”

Alsop added that he had a project for three towers in Chongquing in south west China underway as well as other projects including a scheme for subway stations in Toronto.

No evidence has put forward to suggest Alsop is on the verge of leaving the firm he joined less than two years ago from former outfit Archial but observers are aware of Alsop’s reputation as a media-savvy operator.

Back in 2009, the Stirling Prize winner insisted he was leaving Archial in order to devote more time to painting and teaching only to later admit this was a “ruse” to conceal his move to RMJM.

Noble told BD the London studio was a “vibrant studio doing good work” despite the wider troubles experienced by RMJM, which he linked to the state of the profession as a whole.

“The whole industry has had a fucking kicking over the past year,” he said.

BD reported earlier this week that operations director at Will Alsop at RMJM, Miriam White, had recently left the firm.

 

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  • There is absolutely no truth in the rumour that Will Alsop is leaving RMJM.
    'RMJM' have re-opened their office in Paul Street, London and 'Will Alsop at RMJM' remains at the office in Battersea, London. In these difficult times it all makes perfect sense. This is definitely a none story.

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  • oh no?

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  • Ah yes, these pesky "rumours on rumours" have a strange ability to turn into pure fact, don't they Will?

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