Piercy Conner Architects Create Bespoke Sustainable Architectural Solutions

Stuart Piercy

Born in October 1970 in Yorkshire and completed his Diploma in Architecture in 1993-95 from National University of Singapore, Stuart Piercy joined Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners in 1994 and worked on several large international transportation projects including Zurich Airport, Pusan Rail Terminal and early concept designs for the Eden project in Cornwall and the EIHMS University teaching building in Guildford.

Richard Conner

It was at Grimshaws that Piercy met Richard Conner who was born in Lancashire in 1972. Graduating with a 1st Class BA Hons degree in Architecture from Liverpool University, Richard Conner completed his Part 1 at Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners. Returned to Grimshaws after finishing his Diploma at the Bartlett School of Architecture, Conner worked at the firm for three years before fully qualifying in 1999. During his time at Grimshaws, Conner worked on several large international transportation projects including the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and Pusan Rail Terminal. He also held a lead role in the design of the Millennium Point Building, Birmingham.

In 1999, Piercy and Conner co-founded Piercy Conner Architects. Through competitions and research Piercy, along with Conner, was closely involved with the development of prefabrication and modular construction technology and its application to delivering large-scale projects efficiently.

In 2001, Piercy Conner launched the Microflat affordable housing concept for central London, this project has been published internationally and was the subject of an ITV documentary and the BBC’s Panorama.

From an early age, Piercy’s flair for technical design, coupled with his interest in steel, has driven his career forward. His winning entry for a British Steel Competition while studying for his Diploma in Architecture so impressed one of the judges, the Chairman of Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners, that he was offered a job on the spot.

And on the other hand, Conner’s long-standing passion for design technology and communication has led to the firm’s reputation for ground-breaking visuals and to the creation of Smoothe, a 50-strong design company specialising in image design and film for the built-environment. With studios in London, Manchester, Dubai and Bulgaria, Smoothe has worked on international projets for many years.

Most recently, Piercy and Conner designed India’s first residential steel building for which they were awarded the MIPIM AR Future Project Sustainability Award in 2007.


In 2000, Piercy and Conner won the Velux lifetime homes competition with a fully modular, flexible housing scheme. Through the application and adaptation of commercial construction technology Piercy Conner has developed over twenty housing and hotel concepts and was awarded finalist of the 2002 ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ for the Microflat project promoted by Selfridges.

Piercy, along with Conner, was a finalist for the Corus International Young Architect of the Year Award, Winner of the Corus AJ 40 Architects Under 40 ‘Best Use of Steel’ and was shortlisted for the Architecture Foundation’s Next Generation Award. Piercy Conner was also asked by BMW to create their vision for future living based on their concept homes. The form and language of their architecture is crafted by the synthesis of external site forces and ongoing material and construction research.

Important Projects

Airside Centre at Zurich Airport, Switzerland

Airside Centre at Zurich Airport, Switzerland
Zurich’s airport was designed with the precision and quality of a Swiss watch. The potentially chaotic mix of retail, circulation and travel has been ordered and calmed with a floating retail island. This semi-transparent timber casement encloses the retail pods, co-ordinates signage and orientates passengers. Made to the highest specification with luxurious materials, the building articulates the quality that is synonymous with Swiss manufacture. The elevation of the retail island is an intelligent play on the differing scales of a building within a building, ensuring a human scale is maintained within the super-envelope. This 417m CHF (Swiss Franc) Airside Centre covering 43,000m2of space at Zurich Airport was designed for Grimshaw Architects.

Turnmills in London

Turnmills in London
Breathing new life into history railway stables in the centre of London by securing planning permission for a highly contemporary roof extension within Clerkenwell Green’s conservation area in central London was a significant challenge for this project. Piercy Conner’s triumphant concept succeeds by creating a sinuous form generated from the geometry of the footprint of the existing former stables. The translucent glass roof curves in and out of view to give glimpses of high drama to those at ground level without dominating the streetscape. Permission was already granted to this project and vital additional commercial floor space was secured. This £17m development, which recently secured planning consent, comprises 8380m2 of commercial and retail space and was developed for Derwent London.

Exotic Luxury

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Embodying Natural Elements

Designed by Salient, Club Montana Vista is an amalgamation of hospitality, functionality and picturesque beautySpread across four acres and circumventing the Shivalik mountain range, Club Montana Vista in Siliguri is conceptualised as a clubhouse. Amalgamating hospitality and landscape design, the resort is sited in a humid, sub-tropical climate zone in the picturesque mountain ranges. The client brief was to create a Vaastu-compliant building consisting of 25 clubrooms not exceeding 50,000... Read More ...

Ar. Jabeen L Zacharias - A multi-faceted artist

Ar Jabeen L Zacharias is the first lady to be selected President of IIID, the apex professional body of Designers, Architects and related Trade in the country. Along with a new Executive Council, she will steer the Institute during the next two years. She brings more than three decades of architecture, planning, project management, consultancy and training to the position. She has held leadership positions both with the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) and Institute of Indian Interior... Read More ...

Pool House: 42MM Architecture creates an environment for well-being

Pebble in the Grass The design inspiration of the pool house by 42MM Architecture lies in creating meaningful environments that enhance the feeling of well-being The unique and quirky pool house breaks many conventional architectural ideas with a bold design and an unusual execution. Conceived as a standalone structure, it complements the existing house, without replicating it. It accommodates a consolidated entertainment zone with a home theater, lounge, pool, changing room, a gym, and two... Read More ...

Space Craftt Architects build a cottage atop a steep slope

Rugged Beauty Space Craftt Architects build a cottage atop a steep slope with panoramic views of the valley and mountains Fact File Project Name: Hill House Client: Yallappa A. Patil Site Area: 10000 sq.ft Built Up Area: 3500 Sq Ft. Location: Fort Panhala, Dist, Kolhapur Architect: Space Craftt Architects Project Team: Ar. Umaesh Raje, Ar. Sachin Pande Interior Designer: Space Craftt Architects Landscape Designers: Space Craftt Architects Structural Consultant: Sunil Desai MEP Consultant:... Read More ...

Ar. Ujjval Fadia designs a modern farmhouse

Weekend Getaway Fact File: Project Name: Weekend Home Location: Bavlu, Ahmedabad Site Area: 4880 sq.yd Built Up Area: 700 sq.yd Architect: Ar. Ujjval Fadia Team: Ar. Ujjval Fadia, Ar. Mitali Shah, Id Sejal Patel Interior Designer: Ar. Ujjval Fadia, Sejal Patel Landscape Designer: In-house Structural Consultant: Er. Nitin Patel, Maruti Consultants MEP: In-house Civil Contractor: Dharmendra Patel Project time taken: 15 months Cost: 2, 05,00,000 Photo Credits: Subhash Patil Material Palette... Read More ...

Architect firm Saransh uses rustic materials to re-create a tactile apartment

Homely Textures Architect firm Saransh uses rustic materials to re-create a tactile studio apartment in AhmedabadFact File Project name: MD Apartment Location: Ahmedabad Gross Built Area: 725 sqft Architecture Firm: Saransh Completion Year: 2019 Photo credits: Ishita Sitwala, The Fishy Project Material Palette Kitchen Appliances: Siemens Bath Fixtures: Kohler Lighting: Flos Flooring: BFT In stripping the space bare, there was a conscious decision of making it minimal and at the same time,... Read More ...

Studio Svarup Architects' design celebrates rural life

Celebrating Rural LifeFact File Location: NH24, Azadpur Mafi, Distt. Amroha, UP Built up area: 1,500 sqft Site Area: 20 acresClient: Anekant GroupArchitect Firm: Studio Svarup ArchitectsPrincipal Architect: Arnav MathurTeam: Divyaa Saxena, Siddharth BansalConsultants: Sudhir Banga (kitchen)Awards: Winner Architecture Ideas 2.0 at FoAID 2016, Winner A’Design Award 2017 Studio Svarup Architects’ design of the Enroot Restaurant captures the spirit of the rural landscape through the grains,... Read More ...

Green Building: Design Consortium designs India's first 5-star SVAGRIHA rated residence

A Sustainable ApproachDesign Consortium designs India’s first 5-star SVAGRIHA rating residence in CR Park, New Delhi Awarded as India’s first residence to achieve a 5-star rating by SVAGRIHA a TERI and GRIHA collaboration, the form of this 8100 sq.ft house is achieved by staggering and stacking, in order to maximise diffused light. SVAGRIHA is a simplified rating and audit process for green homes.The design, based on principles of green architecture, is punctured with fenestrations to reduce... Read More ...

Castles in The Air by Ar. Sangeet Sharma

ISBN: 978-1-945563-85-0Publisher: RumourPages: 234Paperback ExcerptsLaughter is said to be the best elixir and the book is a satire on architecture written by one who knows the bricks and concrete of the profession by heart. The author delves into the journey of a professional practice with wit and acerbic humor. Every scene unfolds like a screenplay, leaving the reader amazed with the brutalities of life in architecture, and life itself.The book is not for architects alone; but also for... Read More ...

Trends 2019

"Future of the building material industry is very optimistic, especially for safe and environment-friendly products," says Ashwin Reddy, Director, Aparna Enterprises, while giving a perspective on the construction activities in the real estate sector Demand for energy-efficient, environment-friendly, sturdy, light and safe products will continue to be strongAshwin Reddy According to industry estimates, the building material industry is currently valued at $126 billion, employing around 40... Read More ...

Architectural Voices of India by Ar. Apurva Bose Dutta

Bengaluru-based author and award-winning architectural journalist, Ar. Apurva Bose Dutta brings together luminaries of the architecture fraternity, for a discourse on architecture and planning in India, its evolution, and a sharing of their journey in the field. The diverse voices of architects Karan Grover, Brinda Somaya, Hafeez Contractor, Shiv Datt Sharma, Christopher Benninger, Ravindra Bhan, Parul Zaveri and Nimish Patel, Raj Rewal, Prem Nath, Sandeep Khosla, BV Doshi, Sanjay Puri, Sonali... Read More ...
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Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas studied at the Architecture Faculty of the Universidad Iberoamericana. He has made an enormous contribution to architectural development and style in Mexico, improving the environment and quality of life for users. His professional life, with over 30 years of experience as an architect and developer, has been highly prolific, with approximately 180 projects designed, over nine million square meters constructed, and around 2.5 million sqm developed.Sordo Madaleno has won... Read More ...

The Material Palette

Interior designers and architects are experimenting with a host of building materials, from the traditional to the most modern, to offer infinite interior design optionsCompiled by Seema Gupta Interior spaces in India have never been so uniquely designed and furnished. Along with the new products in the market, the age-old traditional time-tested and eco-friendly materials continue to find favour. According to Sachin Gupta of Beyond Designs, home decor is the best way to inject your... Read More ...

Greenbuild India

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