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Alsop, William

William Alsop (1947)

William Alsop was born on 12 December 1947 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England. He is a British architect based in London.

After a foundation course at Northampton Art School, Alsop studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. With the age of 23 he entered the competition to design the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. He won second place after the winners, Richard Rogers & Renzo Piano.

Alsop's first real commission was a swimming pool for Sheringham in Norfolk in 1984, followed by a visitor centre for Cardiff Bay. Thereafter he worked on a number of projects in Germany, including the Hamburg Ferry Terminal, before beating Norman Foster in the competition to design the Hôtel du Département des Bouches-du-Rhône (seat of the regional government) in Marseille, France.

Awards and Prices:

Stirling Prize (2000); RIBA Worldwide Award (2004); Civic Trust Award (2003, 2006); RIBA Regional Award (London) (2006)


Important Buildings:


Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre, Cardiff, Wales, Hamburg Ferry Terminal, Hamburg, Germany, Hôtel du Département des Bouches-du-Rhône (Le Grand Bleu), Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France, North Greenwich Tube Station, Greenwich, London, England, Peckham Library, Peckham, London, England, Muzinq Almere (nox), Doorworld and MediaMarkt, Almere, Flevoland, The Netherlands, Sharp Centre for Design, Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, Canada, Fawood Children's Centre, Harlesden, North London, England, Ben Pimlott Building, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, England, Blizard Building, Barts and The London, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, Whitechapel, London, England, Alsop Toronto Sales Centre, Toronto, Canada, Palestra, 197, Blackfriars Road, Southwark, London, England, The Public, West Bromwich, West Bromwich, West Midlands, England, Stratford Docklands Light Railway Station, Stratford, London, England, Yonkers Power Plant project, Glenwood Waterfront, Yonkers, New York, United States, Adelphi Street, Salford, Salford, Greater Manchester, England, Clarke Quay Redevelopment project, Clarke Quay, Singapore, KingTowns, King West Village, Toronto, Canada, New Islington, Manchester, England, Westside Lofts, Toronto, Canada

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