Author, Architect, Artist
Combination Coach @ The Creative Core

Richard Conner co-founded architectural practice Piercy Conner Architects and creative agency Assembly Studios.
He has 25 years experience starting, building, and growing an award-winning group of small creative businesses from zero to $5M in annual sales.

During his extensive business career Richard has acted as CEO, Managing, Creative, Marketing, Operations and Finance Director to his team of over 100 people working from studios in London, Manchester, Sofia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bangkok.

Business Growth Success Coach and Consultant Richard Conner

Business Growth Success Coach and Consultant Richard Conner

Now, Richard writes about Unlocking Time, Money, Creativity, and Purpose within the High Definition Life. He also works closely with Transformerpreneurs* and their Transformer Life Businesses through The Creative Core, his life, work, and business systems, training, and coaching consultancy.

*Arts, crafts, design, author, music, wellness, healing, yoga, and spiritual business entrepreneurs busy transforming lives (including theirs!)

Broadly Richard’s writing, books, courses, training, workshops, and coaching revolve around The Seven Works, his flexible strategic framework and 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 by embracing Conscious Change, Creativity, Communication and Connection.

Richard is a Transformerpreneur* at heart, Combination Coach, Rebirthing Breathworker, and a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Hypnosis. His Play Work includes learning to play guitar, Heli-Skiing, Snowboarding and Argentine Tango.

Richard Conner Cliff Surfing Play Work (photo Matt Fairman)

Richard Conner Cliff Surfing Play Work (photo Matt Fairman)

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.

Deep Reflections Sculpture (Floating Man II) by Richard Conner

Deep Reflections Sculpture (Floating Man II) by Richard Conner

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 and benefit from 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 Cave 1.0 Platform by Richard Conner

The Cave 1.0 Platform by Richard Conner

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 the 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 and strategic frameworks that are readily applicable to our day to day lives. 

The Work Life Wide Open series, over twenty-five years in the making, are practical, experiential and anecdotal guides to Finding Your Lost, Breaking Your Busy, and Working Your Way. These creative life manuals and way guides will lead you back to your Creative Core, uncover your Why, connect you with your Real Work and empower you to finally start re-living your Purpose.

Toroidal Flow ‘Ying Yang’ Studio House by Richard Conner

Toroidal Flow ‘Ying Yang’ Studio House by Richard Conner

Professional Career

Richard studied Architecture at Liverpool University and The Bartlett University College London (UCL). His professional career started with Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners (now GRIMSHAW).

He co-founded Piercy Conner Architects (now Piercy&Company) 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. Clients include: Arab Film Studio / Battersea Power Station / ImageNation and The Creative Assembly / Creative Torbay / Creative Kirklees / Creative Somerset / Creative Hertfordshire / Creative Swindon / Creatives Across Sussex.

TV, Press, and Awards

Life Driven Purpose Books That Change You Richard Conner Microflat Press

'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.'

British Council


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)