Schottelkotte Discusses Talent Recruitment & State of GBBN
CEO & Director of Architecture Matthew Schottelkotte was featured in the June 12 edition of the Cincinnati Business Courier. In the article, Matthew discusses how GBBN has been able to recruit top talent from other cities to the firm's four office locations. He also discusses the firm's health and recent project involvement. To read the full article, click here.
Excerpt from the Cincinnati Business Courier:
GBBN's CEO uses city's comeback tale to recruit talent from coast to coast
When the recession hit, architecture was one industry that was particularly battered.|
Matthew Schottelkotte, CEO and director of architecture at GBBN Architects, said the downturn led younger architects and those mid-way into their careers to leave the industry.
“They exited, and they aren’t coming back,” Schottelkotte said.
That’s forced GBBN and other local architecture firms to get creative when it comes to finding talented employees.
To fill positions, GBBN is hiring architects from Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Dallas.
“Over half of our new hires are from outside the region,” Schottelkotte said.
As Cincinnati’s renaissance story has been told across the nation, it’s become easier to recruit talent here. GBBN even created a booklet promoting the city that it provides to potential employees.
It also helps that GBBN is back in growth mode. The company now ranks No. 3 on the list of largest architecture firms in the Tri-State.
“As a company, we’re back to pre-recession numbers,” Schottelkotte said. “We’re doing great. We’re seeing growth in U.S. markets and in our U.S. cities.”
Based in downtown Cincinnati, GBBN also has offices in Louisville, Pittsburgh and Beijing.
Locally, GBBN sees strength in health care and education. In addition, Schottelkotte said urban housing is a growth market. GBBN has designed a proposed $50 million residential development at the corner of Central Parkway and Walnut Street that could include a grocery store. It’s also the architect for the luxury condos of 2770 Observatory in Hyde Park.
GBBN also is working on a number of major cultural projects, including an expansion for Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati in Over-the-Rhine and Cincinnati Shakespeare Co., which is looking for a new home.
“The arts are part of what’s making urban living interesting,” Schottelkotte said. “It gives people something more than just restaurants to go to.”