Conner & Perry Architects is a full service professional architecture firm based out of Santa Monica California specializing in modern design, with extensive experience in custom residences in southern California.  Our principals have over thirty years of combined experience in architecture, design, and construction.  We strive to provide each client with a unique design that responds to the dynamic calculus of their personal desires, the environment, and the diverse realm of structural possibilities.



Kris is a NCARB certified, professionally licensed, architect in the State of California with 20 years of experience in the fields construction, fabrication, and architecture.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia in 2001 and his Masters in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in 2007.  He grew up on construction sites working with his father, who is a carpenter and general contractor.  After finishing his undergraduate education he went to New York City, where for four and a half years he worked in theater planning and acoustics as well as design-build, specializing in metal working and digital fabrication.  He moved to Los Angeles in 2005 to pursue his Masters degree and after graduating continued the investigations begun in his thesis project by working in the realm of high-end, modern, pre-fab homes.  In 2009 he began working for Architect, Duncan Nicholson, under whose tutelage he learned the traditions and methods of American Organic Architecture that can be traced back through Duncan's previous mentor, John Lautner, to Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan.  He now pursues an Architecture that brings the individual expression central to the philosophies of Organic Architecture to bear on contemporary practice, seeking to produce and realize designs that are at once unique, profound, and useful.


James is a professionally licensed, architect with over 10 years working experience in Architecture. He was born in Texas and received a Bachelor Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture. After finishing school he worked several years for carpenters and a general contractor learning the construction trades before working for a small architecture firm that specialized in projects for financial institutions. He began working under the mentorship of Architect Duncan Nicholson in 2006, whose work specialized in Organic Design through a long line of architecture apprenticeships. The ideas embodied in this practice go back to the truth “Form follows Function” and were brought to their pinnacle by the work of the Architect John Lautner, under whom Duncan practiced for many years. Duncan established his own independent practice that was original in its pursuit of Architecture in its highest sense. Duncan Nicholson's passing in 2015 led James to team up with Kris Conner to establish their own practice and carry on the principles of Architecture instilled in them by their predecessors.