Richard Konwiarz attended the Dresden Art Academy. He was chief building officer and town planner in the German town of Breslau (later Wrocław, Poland), especially responsible for sporting venues. After World War II he was briefly director of the town planning department in Dresden, before he left the GDR after his retirement and moved to Hanover. There he developed the concept of a training facility network, which included the Niedersachsenstadion (today HDI Arena), that he designed.
In 1954, together with German sports leader Carl Diem, Konwiarz was one of the fathers of the Golden Plan, on behalf of the German Olympic Society (DOG), which helps towns and communities to identify the need for sports facilities to this day, despite multiple revisions to the plan. Diem planned to affiliate an institution providing sports facilities to the Sport University in Köln (Cologne), which was to be headed by Konwiarz. However, the project was finished only after Diem’s death. On the occasion of his 75th birthday Konwiarz received the Silver Plaque of Honor of the DOG.