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 Transformation 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.
Now, Richard writes about Unlocking, Harnessing, and Mastering your Time, Money, Creativity, and Purpose within the prevailing context of the High Definition Life.
He also works closely with Transformerpreneurs and their Transformation Businesses through Transfomerpreneur.com, his life, work, and Transformation Business systems, tools, training, coaching, consultancy, and agency.
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.
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 Heli-Skiing, Snowboarding and Argentine Tango.
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 being creative 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 and environmental and climate crisis that is taking place all around us is now so imperative it is denied, 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 process of understanding and appreciating the conflicted life context and content inherent to this incoming change is covered in depth throughout his work.
Discovering and understanding 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-purposing your life and re-living your Purpose.
Richard studied Architecture at Liverpool University and The Bartlett University College London (UCL). His professional career started with Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners (now GRIMSHAW) in its London studio.
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 key worker and young professional 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
RIBA Manser Medal Finalist (2010)
RIBA Regional Award (2010)
The Stephen Lawrence Prize Finalist (2010)
Refurbishment Architect of the Year Award Finalist (2010)
Architecture Foundation Next Generation Award Finalist (2007)
MIPIM Future Projects Sustainability Award (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)
'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.'