Detailed Background

Liam O’Connor. BA(Hons), Dip Arch (Dist), RIBA, SBID

Liam established Liam O’Connor Architects and Planning Consultants in 1990. He spent part of his early professional practice teaching as a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame, school of Architecture both in the USA and in Rome, Italy. He also taught at the Prince of Wales’ Institute of Architecture in London and led two Prince of Wales’ Summer Schools at Viterbo and Caprarola in Italy. Latterly Liam O’Connor has taught at the School of Architecture at the University of Yale, and again at the University of Notre Dame in Rome, Italy. 

Liam was Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for the Environment during the administration leading up to the 1997 general election. 

He is a registered architect in the UK and a corporate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and a member of the Art Workers’ Guild.

Liam O’Connor Architects and Planning Consultants

As a practice, Liam O’Connor Architects has focused on a broad range of output from urban design projects and individual houses to public projects, including some of the most prominent and visited memorials in the UK since the work of Lutyens and Baker after the First World War. 

The practice frequently engages with projects that require lengthy and complex planning processes and has established an enviable track record as project manager and lead consultant on these projects.  Delivery is meticulously managed through detailed design and construction phases resulting in high quality examples of well executed buildings, many of which have won national or international awards. 

The practice has achieved a body of built work in the UK and abroad that is characterized by its distinctive architectural style, that exhibits a strong knowledge of traditional architectural principles, sustainable and traditional craft and construction techniques, and which responds sensitively to established rural or urban settings. 

Example Projects 

Poundbury, Dorset, Assistant to Leon Krier, masterplanner for the development and the design of six houses in the first phase of development

The Armed Forces Memorial, Staffordshire

The Commonwealth Memorial Gates, Constitution Hill, London

The RAF Bomber Command Memorial, Piccadilly, London

The George Cross and Victoria Cross Memorial, Whitehall

Village Memorial, Woldingham, Surrey

Terrace of six houses in the centre of the historic city of Bath

New House in Belgravia, Westminster

New House, Hampstead Garden Suburb

Serpentine Sackler Gallery, Kensington Gardens (With Zaha Hadid)

Debenham House, London, Alterations to Grade I listed building

46 Queen Anne’s Gate, Westminster, Alterations to Grade I listed building 

Current projects include a new addition to The Orangery at Kensington Palace, London, a Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument in a Registered Historic Landscape. The building is one of the few English historic buildings that is known to have had the involvement of Christopher Wren, Nicholas Hawksmoor and John Vanbrugh. Our new building will house offices, kitchen facilities to serve the Orangery restaurant, as well as a new study and storage facility for the palace collection of historic textiles. 

Selected Awards, Publications and Exhibitions 


RIBA Presidents Medal (Dissertation) 1988

European Award for the Reconstruction of the City, 1994

The Worshipful Company of Masons Award, 2002

Stone Federation of Great Britain Award, 2003

Lottery Heritage Building of the Year Award, 2008

Stone Federation of Great Britain Award, 2008 (Design, Innovation and Technology)

BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries) Special Award, 2008

Stone Federation of Great Britain Award, 2013 


Building Classical, Academy Editions, 1993

New Classicism, Ed. Andreas Papadakis, Academy Editions, 1990

The Survey of London, Volume 42, South Kensington

Who’s Who in Architecture, 2002

The Buildings of England London 6: Westminster; Simon Bradley and Nikolaus Pevsner, 2003

Lest we Forget, War Memorials, Peter Ashley, English Heritage, 2004

Capital Solutions, English Heritage, 2004

Classical Architecture for the Twenty-First Century, Jean-Francois Gabriel, 2005

Oxford Dictionary of Architecture and landscape Architecture, James Stevens Curl, 2006 

Projects by Liam O’Connor also appear in:

Numerous issues of Architectural Design Magazine, Country Life Magazine, Nikolaus Pevsner’s ‘The Buildings of England’ (London, Volume 6), and David Watkin’s ‘The History of English Architecture’. 


Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions 1994, 1997, 1999

Classically Inspired, Rebecca Hossack Gallery

Open House Exhibition, The Art Workers Guild, 2007

The Prince of Wales’ Foundation, Celebrating 10 Years exhibition, 2008

Celebrating Palladio, Plus One Gallery, London November 2008

A new RAF Memorial, Belgravia Galley, Dover Street, 2012