Sharon Portnoy AIA is a licensed architect with deep, hands-on knowledge of the architectural profession, having practiced for 20 years. She has lived and worked in Chicago, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area, building the networks that are a critical element in executive search. A Baltimore native, Sharon spent seven years in New Haven, where she earned both a B.A. in English and a Masters in Architecture from Yale University. Her education and experience have given her the knowledge base to support her interactions with clients and candidates, and the communication skills to promote true understanding and dialogue between them.
Every search is a design problem.
Sharon spent her early career working towards licensure and acting as a project architect on institutional, commercial, and residential projects before opening a solo practice. She fell into recruiting quite by chance, and recognized immediately the strategic importance of the “people side” of the business, an aspect of architecture that is often overlooked. She shares her insights at conferences and in her writing, and she is continually listening to and learning from clients and candidates.
Curiosity, creativity, empathy, flexibility,
and respect are at the heart of our practice and comprise the hallmarks of our process.
Sharon closely follows developments in the field, from technical advancements and materials science to emerging practice trends. She is highly attuned to interpersonal dynamics and is a close observer of workplace trends within architecture, allied professions, and in other fields. In addition to building her business, Sharon is a member of the AIA, where she is involved in AIA SF’s Equity x Design Committee and is a contributor to the Equity by Design blog.
She lives in Mill Valley, California, with her family.