The Stirling Prize-winning 61-year-old is to leave Alsop Architects - to ‘spend more time painting’ - but will continue as a consultant
Alsop will ‘shortly’ hand over control at Alsop Architects and take up a consultancy role for Archial, the listed company that wholly owns his practice.
He told the Guardian: ‘I love architecture but one of the things that gets up my nose, particularly in London, is that doing anything is like pulling teeth.
‘There are so many hangers on and architectural advisers who know nothing and it gets in the way. For example I am doing nothing for the London 2012 Olympics and it has got to the point where I don’t feel like asking so I don’t give them the satisfaction of saying no.’
Archial Group said in a statement: ‘Will Alsop is to take on a new consultancy role within the Archial Group to be effective immediately.
‘This will allow Will Alsop the opportunity of pursuing other ventures outside the Plc, in addition to his contribution to his current delivery on behalf of the organisation. This new consultancy with the Archial Group will ensure that his input on current and future projects is maintained.’
It is understood that Alsop Architects will now be guided by managing director Duncan Macaulay.
Chris Littlemore CEO of Archial said: ‘We look forward to continuing the Group’s relationship with Will in this new consultancy role and maintaining an ongoing relationship with Will.’