It’s heartening to hear of high-profile exits motivated more by yearning for a lightness of soul than alarm at the sound of a sinking ship. In a move not beaten since Will Alsop threw it all in to concentrate on his painting, Piers Taylor announced his departure from Mitchell Taylor Workshop with a heartfelt missive about sticking it to the man
More specifically, he would be forming an Invisible Studio, to ‘collaborate with mathematicians, magicians, writers, carpenters, digital fabricators, boat builders and bicycle framers’.
He wrote: ‘My vision isn’t an office with flat-screen monitors and associates and directors and buzzy rhetoric about itself and timesheets and working hours and a logo and a corporate identity and a letterhead and chartered RIBA membership and a website with Practice Profile Projects’. Good on you Piers, for having the courage to do it. The 2012 Will Aslop Prize for Quitting Practice with Panache remains open for entries, but we suspect it’s safe with Piers.