Convene Buys Assemble Design Group

NEW YORK — Convene, which operates a network of full-service meeting and event venues, has acquired Assemble Design Group to bring their architecture and design capabilities to the company. Brian Tolman, the Managing Partner of Assemble Design Group, has been named the Head of Product for Convene. The 12-person Assemble Design Group team is based in New York and will join Convene. Terms of the deal weren’t released.

Tolman is widely recognized as a defining influence on contemporary workplace design. He was named to Engineering News Record’s list of top 20 New York professionals, selected as a David Rockefeller Fellow, is a LEED accredited professional, and is licensed to practice architecture in 12 states and the District of Columbia.

Prior to founding Assemble, Tolman spent 18 years at STUDIOS Architecture, most recently as Managing Principal, leading the growth of the firm’s New York office. Throughout his career, he has managed several complex national and international design projects, and is best known for bringing a sense of place and hospitality to large-scale office headquarters projects including Bloomberg, Coach, IAC, Tribune, and Time, Inc.

“We believe space is the body language of an organization,” said Ryan Simonetti, CEO and Co-Founder of Convene. “Bringing Brian, his dynamic team, and their design capabilities in-house accelerates Convene’s ability to scale and deliver a better workplace experience for our clients. By integrating competencies in design, service, and technology under one platform, we can now create unique experiences that inspire creativity and enhance productivity for every enterprise client that utilizes our expanding network of locations and hospitality services.”

“Today’s employees are more agile than ever – they want to choose where they work, when they work, and how they work,” said Mr. Tolman. “Landlords that have been disrupted by the changing preferences of their tenants can now collaborate with Convene and our incredible team of design professionals to create workplaces that spark a sense of connection, community, and dramatically improve tenant engagement.”

Convene recently raised $68M in Series C funding to expand nationally.