Piercy Conner was formed in 1999 by Stuart Piercy and Richard Conner, both of whom previously worked at Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners. The studio's work covers a broad spectrum of scale and function - from Yo Sushi's Yotel sleeping-pod hotel to INREB, a new sustainable community. Its Microflat project has been the subject of several TV documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and, most notably, Panorama's focus on the future of housing. The studio, which is pioneering ideas in off-site manufacture and was runner-up in the Young Building Entrepreneur of the Year 2001 award, was selected by the British Council to exhibit in New York, Japan and Europe as part of an international touring exhibition exploring the work of Britain's most interesting young practices.
Piercy Conner is currently working with Bovis Lend Lease, Derwent Valley Holdings, Country & Metropolitan, and Minerva on a number of mixed-use and residential projects. It believes that urban sustainability 'is as much to do with discovering new economically viable mixed-use relationships as it is about saving energy'.