Piers established CZWG with his partners in 1975. He is widely recognised as innovative architect, writer and leader in the profession and has designed a number of acclaimed buildings and masterplans. He was involved with English Heritage for 12 years, first as a member of the London Advisory Committee and the urban panel then latterly as a commissioner and was up until recently a Commissioner of CABE.
Principal buildings include: China Wharf, The Circle, Cascades and many subsequent buildings in London's Docklands; Bankside Lofts; The Green Bridge in Mile End; The Glass Building; The Westbourne Grove Public Lavatories and flower kiosk; new galleries at the National Portrait Gallery; Steedman Street at Elephant & Castle and the ‘Bling Bling’ building in Liverpool as part of the Liverpool One Masterplan.
Piers has lectured extensively in Europe, North and South America, Australia and China. He has taught at Middlesex Polytechnic and the Architectural Association School and has been a visiting professor at both the Mackintosh School in Glasgow and the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology.
Piers was appointed a CBE for services to architecture in the 1998 Queen’s Birthday Honour List. He was elected a Royal Academician in 2002.