Are you looking to attract and hire the most talented people within your Architecture Practice? Meet your recruitment coach.

Stephen Drew

Founder of the Architecture Social

Stephen is the Founder of the Architecture Social, a member of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architect’s) Future Architects and Education Development Groups, an ambassador for the Architect’s Benevolent Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

He is also a former elected Council Member of the RIBA, Visiting Critic and Teaching Assistant of Manchester School of Architecture, and professional mentor for Postgraduate Architecture students at the University of Westminster.

Previously he worked in the Architecture industry at EPR Architects for three years after completing a degree and diploma in Architecture at the University of Westminster and Manchester School of Architecture.

In 2014, Stephen left practising Architecture to pursue a career in recruitment where he worked alongside industry-leading Architecture Practices.

In 2021, Stephen joined Ackroyd Lowrie, an ambitious Architecture Practice as their Head of Talent. He was responsible for internal recruitment and retaining existing staff, alongside building up his own business known as the Architecture Social.

When finding the best people to join your company, Stephen is your unfair advantage.

When you work with an expert coach, you get access to their guidance, knowledge and expertise, instead of spending valuable time figuring it out yourself. This saves you a lot of time, energy and money

Stephen works In-House in an Architecture Practice in charge of recruitment as Head of Talent, he has also worked in the Architecture Industry as a Part II Architecture Assistant and successfully recruited for the world’s leading architecture practices for 7 years. He has seen every side of the recruitment process, from being the hiring manager, the recruiter as well as the job seeker in Architecture. 

Instead of reactively spending money on recruitment when an employee leaves or there is no applicants available when you need them, learn how command a presence in the architecture job market and inspire passive job-seekers to reach out with an application. Areas we can cover include the perception of your company brand, online presence, writing job applications people will actually apply for, optimising the recruitment process and methods to retaining staff from leaving including improving the office culture and wellbeing.

Recruitment Specialties:

Attracting Better Applications

Marketing Your Practice

Optimising the Recruitment Process

Improving your benefits and company culture

Retaining Talented Staff for Longer

Exiting Staff the Best Way

Testimonials from clients:

Stephen worked in the Architecture Industry at:

Cullinan Studio

EPR Architects

Swansea City Council

He has worked recruitment industry as:

Head of Architecture at Macdonald & Company

Recruitment Director at Shape Careers

Recruitment Consultant at Bespoke Careers

Companies that Stephen has a track record of recruiting for:

3D Reid

Ackroyd Lowrie

Adamson Associates

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM)

Allied London

Allies and Morrison


Arney Fender Katsalidis (AFK) Studios

Aukett Swankee

Avanti Architects


BAM Construction

Barking Riverside

Barton Willmore



Capita Architecture

Chapman Taylor

Collado Collins


Darnton B3

David Chipperfield Architects

ECE Architecture

ECE Projekt management Limited

EPR Architects

ESA Architecture

Fairhurst Design Group

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Flanagan Lawrence

Fletcher Priest Architects

Frame Property


Glenn Howells Architects


Grimshaw Architects

Hale Brown Architects


Hawkins Brown

Heatherwick Studio

Holt Architecture

Jefferson Sheard Architects (JSA)

JTP (John Thompson and Partners)


Lawson Robb

LEEP Architects

Leonard Design Architects

Levitt Bernstein Architects

Makower Architects




Owen Architects

Patel Taylor


Perkins + Will

PRP Architects


Reardon Smith

Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM)




Tate Hindle


The Manser Practice Architects




Zaha Hadid

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You are in safe hands. We are a member of the global recruitment trade body, Apsco.

Architecture Recruitment

The Architecture Social is a member of APSCo (The Association of Professional Staffing Companies) which is the only membership body dedicated to representing excellence in the professional recruitment industry.

The APSCo badge is recognised by candidates and employers as the differentiating quality mark in professional talent acquisition.

As an APSCo member, we are also required to complete a regular member compliance assessment which enables us to demonstrate that not only do we understand our legal and regulatory obligations, but also that we are working to best practice recruitment standards.

Ready to get started? Invest in yourself today.