Professor Will Alsop OBE RA

Professor of Architecture, UCA Canterbury

Academic, Canterbury School of Architecture

Professor Will Alsop is a prominent architect and founder of ALL Design who works on large-scale urban planning and design initiatives. His practice is an international operation guided by the principle that architecture is both vehicle and symbol of social change and renewal.

Will joined UCA as Professor of Architecture in September 2013. Prior to this he was Professor of Architecture at TU Vienna from 1997-2016 and has been visiting Professor at several institutions across the world, including Ryerson University, Toronto; the RCA, London, and the University of Hanover.

Will graduated from the Architectural Association in 1973 and has since taught sculpture at Central Saint Martins and architecture in Australia, America, Canada, Germany and the UK.

For many years he was a columnist for the Architect’s Journal.

Will received the degree of Honorary Doctor of Design (HonDDes) from Greenwich University in 2015 and was made an OBE in 2001, in recognition of his achievements. 

Will has recently developed a residential programme of learning for architecture students at an historic Spanish site in Girona: ‘Las Heras’. The facility aims to promote cultural exchange and inspire architecture students (and ultimately all creative disciplines) to design interventions in the landscape as places to sleep and contemplate.

"A combination of practice, teaching and painting provide evidence of my interest in the ‘process’ of designing." Prof Will Alsop OBE RA.


Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy:

  • Univ Prof Dipl-Ing
  • Bundes Deutsches Architecten (BDA)
  • AA Dip
  • RIBA
  • ARB
  • Hamburgische Architektenkammer
  • SADG
  • Russian Architectural Inst
  • Russian Acad of Art
  • FRSA
  • Hon FRSBS
  • OAA (Ontario Association of Architects)
  • RAIC
  • RA
  • OBE. 


Panel Appointments:

  • London Borough of Wandsworth Design Review Panel (2012-ongoing)
  • Kensington and Chelsea Architectural Advisory Board (2009-ongoing)
  • Thames Gateway International Design Committee (2004/06) 
  • Yorkshire Forward Urban Renaissance Panel (2001/03)
  • Chairman of Architectural Foundation – London (2000/07)

Awards, Grants and Commisions:

  • RIBA Stirling Prize for the Peckham Library (2000).
  • Three other of his buildings have been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize.
  • Will has won the RIBA Worldwide Award twice.
  • The Civic Trust Award for the Peckham Library (2003).
  • Winner of the RIBA World Architecture Award for the Sharp Centre of Design of the Ontario College of Art & Design (2004).
  • Architect's Journal Award for Architecture (2003).
  • Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).


Research Outputs

Key outputs on UCARO:

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