The Crowd, a specialist recruitment agency for the architecture, design and creative industries, has opened an office in New York – building on the success of its London headquarters and signalling its trajectory as a global recruitment firm.
Recruitment consultant Victoria Mininni has been appointed to open the New York office and develop The Crowd’s brand in the US market. Holding a degree in interiors and having worked at acclaimed studios in Toronto and New York, Victoria brings significant architecture and design (A&D) industry experience along with an existing network of north American clients and candidates. She will initially be recruiting for creative support roles across all levels of A&D – from studio managers, PAs and receptionists, to marketing, HR, IT and finance professionals.
The Crowd was established in 2019 by directors Louise Constantine and Amy Welch who were exposed to international job markets early on in their careers. The pair cumulatively spent over 20 years working in senior roles for top A&D recruitment firms in the UK, Asia, Australia and the US – each developing a strong international network before coming together to form The Crowd. The agency has an impressive client list that includes high-profile names such as Acrylicize, BIG (Bjarke Ingles Group), Gensler, Grimshaw Architects, Martin Brudnizki, and Squire & Partners.
The Crowd intends to replicate its London success in New York by building an honest, friendly, and knowledgeable team that provide a personalised, consultative and reliable service – going beyond the role of a ‘typical’ recruitment agency to offer career advice to candidates and provide market intel, role recommendations and salary advice to clients.
Speaking about the opening of The Crowd’s New York office, Louise Constantine said: “New York is undoubtedly the mecca of US architecture and design. It’s not only home to some of the best creative companies in the world but continues to define the sector globally. It’s the perfect place from which to build our US brand and we’re delighted to welcome Victoria to our team – she has fantastic industry experience, an incredible local network, and her personable, dedicated approach aligns perfectly with the core values that we pride ourselves on at The Crowd. Many of our existing clients have offices in the US and we look forward to extending our partnership with them and are excited that our first US jobs are already live.”
Commenting on The Crowd’s plans for international expansion, Amy Welch said: “Despite the challenges brought by the pandemic, the market is booming. It hasn’t felt this busy in years and the dynamics of the recruitment world have shifted significantly – there is currently a real talent shortage and we find ourselves heavily relied upon by both clients and candidates for our network and knowledge. We’re seeing some companies hiring multiple candidates at a time while others are creating brand new positions. It’s an exciting time for growth with lots of new and emerging companies, and our business is also growing in line with demand. The coming year will see The Crowd maturing in London, developing our presence in New York, and building on our existing networks in Asia, which clients can already draw upon if they are looking for talent and global growth.”