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Our decades of experience in the Architecture, Engineering and Design worlds, means that we get you. We know your business. We know your struggles. We speak your language and our deep knowledge of Executive Search allows us to elegantly facilitate this process for both our clients and candidates.
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Innovation and forward thinking in every aspect of your business has become essential to stay ahead of the competition. We help our clients think differently about incorporating a strategic and proactive hiring process. Our processes, technology and teams are highly calibrated to deliver outstanding results for our clients.
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Our driving force is a collaborative relationship with our client. We ask a lot of questions to understand the heart of our clients’ values and culture so we can find the right candidate. We use multiple market and talent insight tools to engage in a highly strategic and targeted search. Our efforts are based on real-time data points that we share with our clients. We take pride in our approach as search consultants on our clients’ behalf. Our process is transparent and promotes mutual exploration fostered by honesty and collaboration between all parties. The key to our process is identifying the right candidate and enticing them to engage with us to attract them to the opportunity. The value we bring in the closing stage of the process is clarity in communication. We facilitate feedback that promotes a fair negotiation and a successful hire. Our candidates feel informed and our clients rely on our guidance.


Andy Wilson Chief Financial Officer, FORGE

FORGE has been working with Spark for a little over a year now. Chris and Georgette have helped us identify new talent as part of our next generation. They have demonstrated an innate ability for matching the right candidates with our culture. … Read more

Thayer Hopkins Founder and Principal, Thayer Hopkins Architects

Georgette and Chris of Spark Search have been advocates in helping us to guide and grow our firm in new directions over the past year. We began the relationship with one-on-one interviews to understand our culture and needs; they are keen listeners… Read more

Greg Johnson Managing Director, Perkins+Will

For the past two years, Perkins+Will San Francisco has been working closely with Spark as a key partner in our effort to hire top talent and thought leaders. We are extremely fortunate to have Spark as a partner as they took great care to learn and understand our values and mission… Read more

Alvaro Piedrahita CEO, TY Lin

We find Spark’s recruitment services to be responsive, professional, far-reaching and highly informed. They can engage people at high levels of specialization and management who aren’t looking for jobs. That brings us value and I would recommend their services to my colleagues in the A/E/C industry.

Brent Lloyd Managing Principal, Brightview Design Group.

Spark likes to have relationships with their clients, just like I do. They clearly care and know what they’re doing. They found us a great person, who we relocated from another city and Spark helped with the entire process.

David Galullo CEO / Creative Director, Rapt Studio

I’ve worked with Chris and Spark for the last five years to recruit key senior people, including strategists and design leaders as well as our CFO. They truly understand our unique culture and work hard to find our special brand of unicorn.

Carolynn Smith Director of People Development, Forell/Elsesser Engineers.

We’ve been working with Spark for over a year now and in this incredibly challenging market, their expertise and objectivity have been essential to our recruiting efforts. Quite simply, they can do what we can’t, and get us results. Very responsive and great follow through. They are also fun to work with!



Chris Catton

Chris Catton

t. (415) 516 9382

Chris Catton has been recruiting in the A/E industry for over 20 years. She began her career working in architecture firms as an assistant project manager. Having worked for the Zweig Group, a management consulting and publishing consultancy, for many years, Chris is experienced with strategic planning, employee development and retention planning, market research, client and employee survey studies and hiring best practices. Chris is dedicated and tenacious with an approach to consulting that is client-centered, friendly, knowledgeable and direct.

Georgette Kenney

Georgette Kenney

t. (415) 847-4514

Georgette Kenney’s international background, strategic thinking and business acumen based on 20+ years working in leadership roles, allows her to bring a unique viewpoint to the AE Industry when she consults with clients. Her approach is knowledgeable, yet personable and allows her to provide a fresh perspective and breadth to the Industry. Her direct experience in the AE Industry, and her passion for networking and connecting with people, provide an ideal combination for our Executive Search service as she is enhancing the traditional process with a business focussed approach.


40 years experience
90% success filling leadership positions in under 6 months
100% return clients
25k candidates in our proprietary database
4 languages spoken (English, French, Italian, Greek)