Case Studies


Hadley Properties

Architecture Recruitmenet, Design Recruitmenet, Interior Design Recruitmenet, Architecture Executive Recruitmenet, Design Executive Recruitmenet, Architecture Consulting Services


Hadley is a property development firm with business interest in Washington, California, and Hawaii. The firm is small but well established and profitable. With one architect on staff supporting document creation as well as project design and concept, Hadley is developing very interesting projects.

Hadley’s architect died suddenly.

With multiple active projects across three states Hadley need to find a talented replacement quickly. The firm, experts in development and property management was not prepared to quickly replace the employee. They did not have the bandwidth to post the job, sort through all the applicants to find a small number of good candidates that might apply. They also lacked the know how to strategically target candidates in the market, connect with them, and motivate them to make a change.

This is where DBI/David Brown International was a great partner. DBI has unmatched industry knowledge and vast network of world class talent in architecture and interiors at their fingertips.


DBI met with Hadley, defined their need and worked to set a time line for starting the new architect. DBI then leveraged their deep connections in the local architecture and design industry to quickly identify qualified talent.

The need was unique. The right candidate needed to be technically minded with strong design skill. Hadley needed a candidate who could direct and drive work as well as act as production when needed.

Because of DBI’s proven track record of success in the architecture industry expertise, combined with their speed and access to talent resources, Haley engaged DBI. The two firms worked together to develop a plan with an aggressive two-month project timeline. The strategy was a two-pronged. First, DBI would connect with the strongest candidates in the city, a list DBI has at the ready and always up to date. Second was to reach out to candidates that were not know to DBI but who worked for similar firms in the area.


Because of this simple strategy, concisely executed, DBI provide three outstanding candidates for Hadley to review within a month. DBI then worked with the client to rank the three top candidates and provided strategic information to establish an offer that was quickly accepted. The new architect started within the set timeline and Hadley kept major projects in track. This saved Hadley both time lost on key projects and money lost as deal did not close because of a lack of design knowledge.

If you would like a true partner working on your behalf to find and motivate talent, reach out to DBI today.