Alsop Architects has made the head of its graphics division redundant, but will press ahead with plans to run the recently inaugurated A as a going concern.
Richard Stayte, who has headed the A team at the London architect since its inception in March (DW 19 February), left the group last month during a round of job cuts across the practice. It is not confirmed whether other A graphic designers have also been affected.
A spokeswoman for Alsop Architects confirms that Stayte has been made redundant and says there are no plans ‘in the immediate future’ to replace him. Alsop’s graphics department will continue to operate, with a ‘couple’ of remaining creatives, she adds.
Stayte’s plans are unclear, but he is thought to be in discussions with a number of other London design groups. Prior to his appointment at Alsop, he also worked at Conran Design Group, where he became 2D design director in March 2002.
His departure from Alsop, one of nine redundancies to have taken place across the practice in recent weeks, will not affect its drive into non-architectural areas; what it calls ‘Not Architecture’. Plans to launch a furniture-to-accessories-led homewares range (DW 4 December 2003), for instance, are ‘still afoot’, according to the spokeswoman.
The as-yet unnamed product range is poised to build on a series of designs unveiled at last year’s Valencia Biennal.