Entrepreneur architect business owner suddenly quits his international creative agency and London home.
Selling everything he moves to Thailand to find time, space and freedom to rediscover his creativity and allow his Real Work to emerge.
He finds himself constructing a dinosaur on the beach, living in a cave and designing for the fun of it again. Most importantly he is compelled to write.
The outcome of his journey is a series of books that explain in detail why making significant life change amidst the High Definition Life technological revolution that is taking place all around us is now so imperative it is ignored or avoided at our peril.
His writing focuses on how to instigate positive change locally and globally. Leaving no stone of his personal journey unturned he candidly reveals, warts and all, what to expect in our internal and external world during this inevitable personal and impersonal metamorphosis.
The process of understanding and appreciating the conflicted life context and content inherent to this incoming change is covered in depth throughout his work. How to handle this transition from chaos into order and make it work for rather than against us is described through simple, unique and never before seen conceptual models that are readily applicable to our day to day lives.
The Work Life Wide Open Series, twenty years in the making, are practical, experiential and anecdotal guides to Finding Your Lost, Breaking Your Busy and Working Your Way back to your Creative Core, uncovering your Why and connecting with your Real Work.
Broadly Richard’s writing, training, coaching, marketing and business courses and programmes revolve around The Seven Works, his core conceptual and practical blueprint for successfully navigating the High Definition Life. This extensive body of work explores how we can improve both our individual lives and the greater whole through Conscious Change, Creativity, Communication and Connection.
Richard is a Rebirthing Breathworker, a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Hypnosis and creative business marketing consultant and coach.
His Play Work includes Heli-Skiing, Snowboarding and dancing Argentine Tango.
Richard studied Architecture at Liverpool University and The Bartlett University College London (UCL). His professional career started with Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners (now GRIMSHAW) / Eden Project / Waterloo International Terminal / Berlin Stock Exchange.
He then went on to co-found Piercy Conner Architects (now Piercy&Company) / Turnmills / Martello Tower Y / East Village alongside graphic design and CG illustration and animation studio Smoothe. Richard and his partners also co-created the Microflat, the worldwide press and media phenomenon. Showcased with two live in Micronauts at Selfridges in Oxford Street, London the Microflat was heralded as the answer to London's escalating housing crisis.
Most recently Richard co-founded Design Week Top 100 creative agency Assembly Studios / Arab Film Studio / Battersea Power Station / ImageNation and The Creative Assembly / Creative Torbay / Creative Kirklees / Creative Somerset / Creative Hertfordshire / Creative Swindon / Creatives Across Sussex.
Now, Richard's focus is on writing and consulting on creativity within the High Definition Life through his creative publishing, marketing and business consultancy Fast Space.
He has held CEO, Managing Director and Creative Director positions for over 20 years.
TV, Press, Awards and Client Testimonials about the businesses Richard Conner co-founded.
'Putting a Microflat in the Selfridges window was a PR idea bordering on genius.'
Hugh Pearman, The Times
'Piercy Conner is one of the new generation of British architects interested in adding poetry to the pragmatic. The young practice has a backlist of admired, imaginative projects where the old, high-energy, Newtonian assumptions of building geometry give way to more flexible and relativist concepts.'
Stephen Bailey, The Observer
'Piercy Conner has emerged in the last five years as one of the most conceptually advanced architectural practices of its generation, extending the theory and practice of architecture in a way that demonstrates a profound understanding of its cultural and communicational possibilities. Extending architecture, that is, beyond the practice of designing buildings into wider forms of social engagement.'
Architecture Foundation Next Generation Award Finalist (2007)
Architects' Journal Corus 40 Architects Under 40 Winner (2005)
Young Architect of the Year Finalist (2003)
Arena Magazine X Men Awards (2002)
Building Young Entrepreneur Finalist (2001)
Mac User Creative User of the Year Award Finalist (1995)