'Working in the Dark' - a public lecture by Professor Will Alsop OBE RA

6pm Thursday 24 February Cragg Lecture Theatre Will Alsop is one of the UK’s most prominent architects and a recipient of the Stirling Prize who has applied his bold and colourful approach to award-winning projects internationally across all sectors. Widely regarded as one of the leading lights in the profession, Will joined RMJM in 2009 as International Principal Europe and is Design Principal at RMJM’s flagship European office in London. He has won many awards internationally, including the coveted Stirling Prize in 2000 for the Peckham Library in London and the Royal Fine Art Commission Building of the Year Special Award for Fawood Children’s Centre in London, which was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2005. Will is guided by the principle that architecture is both a vehicle and symbol of social change and renewal. This philosophy extends from the design of individual buildings to embracing broader principles of urbanism and city development. He has expertise across every sector, including transportation, health, education, retail, residential, office, public, hospitality, leisure and interiors. Will has worked extensively across the UK and internationally, with major projects in cities such as Toronto, Marseilles, Hamburg, Shanghai, Singapore and New York. Recent projects in the UK include the Chips apartments in Manchester, The Public, an exhibition space in West Bromwich, and the Puddle Dock luxury hotel development on the north bank of the River Thames. In addition to his design work, Will follows a parallel path as an artist. His stance is that art and architecture are inseparable disciplines and he actively promotes artistic contribution to the built environment. His paintings and sketches have been exhibited at Sir John Soane’s Museum, Milton Keynes Gallery, Cube Gallery, Manchester and the British Pavilion at Venice Biennale. Will has held many academic posts around the world. He is currently a professor at the Technical University of Vienna. For several years he was a tutor of sculpture at Central St Martins College of Art & Design in London and was visiting professor at institutions including the University of Hanover, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and San Francisco Institute of Art. Will is a Royal Academician and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada.