Will Alsop has split from yet another business partner – this time from the co-founder of his latest venture ALL Design, Scott Lawrie
The move comes less than two years after the pair set up the ‘one-stop-shop for design’ in Battersea, south London, having both broken away from troubled giant RMJM in summer 2011 (AJ 18.08.11).
ALL Design, officially Alsop Lawrie Ltd, became Alsop’s sixth new ‘home’ after leaving Cedric Price’s studio to set up his own practice in 1979.
Alsop, the 65-year-old Stirling Prize winner, worked with John Lyall (1979-91) and Jan Stormer (1991-2000) before financial troubles led him to sell up his firm and join the then-burgeoning SMC in 2006. Despite rumours he was turning his back on architecture to take up painting, he returned to practice with RMJM in 2009.
According to sources, there had been ‘tension’ between Alsop and Lawrie before the duo parted, though both maintain the split was amicable.
Alsop told the AJ: ‘Lawrie decided he would like to go and pursue whatever he wanted to go and pursue. It is better for him and better for us. We got on. But we didn’t always see eye to eye on what architecture should be.’
He added: ‘People go in different directions. Things go on [between people] and the work develops and evolves. It is about feeling comfortable with what you are doing. I’m sure Lawrie will do very well.’
Alsop, who has schemes in Spain and Toronto, will continue to trade as ALL Design. He said Lawrie’s departure marked ‘a slight change in personnel [but] not a big shift’.
Meanwhile Lawrie has found a new home as director with Glasgow-based Curious and will set up a new London office for the Scottish design and architecture practice.
Lawrie refused to comment on his exit but said about his decision to join Curious that, following discussions with the company’s managing director, Douglas McConville, ‘we shared similar views on the future of the industry and felt it would be beneficial to work together’.