Upon graduating with his Master of Architecture from the University of Manitoba in 2012, Connery was honored with the RAIC Student Medal and AIA Certificate of Merit for his design thesis project.
Prior to joining the university, Connery left his architectural imprint on a wide range of projects, from furniture design to multi-family residential development and hydrological infrastructure. He honed his skills over seven years working for distinguished architectural firms such as DIN Projects, AI Coppinger Architect and Bridgman Collaborative Architecture in Winnipeg.
Connery co-found MOTE Projects, and it has been recognized internationally, with exhibitions in Montreal; Winnipeg; Austin, Texas; Cincinnati; and the prestigious Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2012. MOTE Projects also secured numerous awards, including two Canadian Wood Council Wood Design National Building Awards and two Prairie Wood Design Awards in 2018 for its innovative pop-up restaurant projects, RAW: Almond in Winnipeg and RAW: Gimli in Gimli, Man.