Maintaining the high standards we set ourselves requires recruiting some of the most experienced global talent from the world of design, build, construction and project management.

Each month, we spotlight one of our colleagues so you can learn a little more about their role, and what drives their work with us… Next up, it’s Khaysam.

1. Hello Khaysam! Firstly, tell us what inspired you to join the Agilité team. 

Hello! I was inspired to join Agilité after learning of its reputation for excellence in the interior fitout industry. I was drawn to the opportunity to be part of a team that consistently delivers high quality projects in various sectors, but perhaps most importantly, the company’s commitment to professionalism and sustainability aligns perfectly with my own values and career aspirations.

2. Can you share a little bit about what you do, and the role you play in the delivery of Agilité's projects? 

Certainly! As a cost estimator, my primary responsibility is to evaluate offers and prepare financial estimates and budgets for tender submissions. This involves working closely with the local team in Germany, and the extended team in other locations, to ensure that our proposals are both accurate and competitive.

3. How would you describe our organisation and the work we do to someone who had never heard of Agilité before? 

We provide solutions that are customised to each client’s requirement, offering both design, build and traditional fitout services. And, whether it is a trendy retail store, a vibrant restaurant or a modern office space, our work reflects our dedication to quality craftsmanship and client satisfaction.

4. What has been your favourite Agilité project to work on, to-date? 

Each project brings its own unique challenges and opportunities, allowing me to continuously expand my skills and expertise. I can’t specify one favourite project because I appreciate specific elements from each one, and I find fulfilment in the sheer variety of experiences and the chance to contribute to the transformation of diverse spaces across Europe.

5. In your opinion, what makes Agilité stand out from the crowd? And how do you put your own stamp on that distinction? 

I believe Agilité stands out from the crowd due to its strong commitment to charitable initiatives, as well as innovative practices that lead to a sustainable built environment.

Personally, I strive to incorporate theses values into my work by ensuring they are integrated into the cost estimation process. This includes evaluating materials and construction methods that minimise environmental impact while still meeting project requirements.

6. Describe a defining moment in your career, and how it has shaped the work you do at Agilité. 

A defining moment in my career was becoming a certified project manager in 2017. This experience has served as a foundational pillar that significantly shapes the work I do today. This enables me to contribute proactively during the initial stages of project development, ensuring that our proposals are well structured and aligned with our clients’ needs and goals.

7. If a dream client were to call, who would it be and why? (please name a specific brand or organisation) 

It would be a forward-thinking automobile manufacturer, exclusively investing in electric vehicles, or perhaps a company specialising in recycling building materials. Partnering with clients that contribute to the advancement of sustainable mobility and the circular economy would be incredibly exciting and fulfilling.

8. What one piece of advice would you give to a client looking to expand into a new country, drawing from your experiences and expertise? 

Conduct thorough research on the local market dynamics, regulations and cultural preferences. A successful expansion requires a deep understanding of how design trends, construction standards and client expectations vary across different regions.

It is crucial to tailor your approach to fit the specific context of the new country, whether it is adapting designs to local aesthetics, or navigating regulatory requirements for construction permits.

Investing in comprehensive market analysis by establishing strong partnerships with local suppliers, contractors and designers can streamline project execution and ensure smooth communication throughout the process leading to a successful delivery in new countries.

9. What excites you most about the future of Agilité? How do you see your role contributing to this vision? 

What excites me the most about the future of the company is its recent achievement of becoming a B Corp Certified! This milestone showcases our ongoing dedication to sustainable practices and social responsibility, setting us apart as a leader in the industry. It is fantastic to be the change we want to see!

10. In what ways do you envision Agilité continuing to lead the way in sustainable practices within the construction industry? How do you personally align with Agilité's sustainability values? 

We can continue to lead by continuing to integrate eco-friendly solutions. I align with these values by advocating for sustainable solution and materials. While initially these can seem costly, such practices yield long-term benefits, for the client, the occupants of the space and whole planet.

Convincing clients to prioritise sustainability over cheaper materials remains a challenge, but it is crucial for environmental preservation and our future wellbeing.

11. What industry changes or trends do you think will have the biggest impact on our sector over the coming year? 

I foresee the growing influence of 3D printing and robotics in our sector. These technologies promise to streamline processes and boost efficiency. I also expect faster production of complex components, whilst robotics on-site will assist workers in various tasks — from lifting heavy material to precision work.

12. And finally, when you’re not at work, where are we most likely to find you? 

When I’m not at work, you will probably find me braving the chilly German winter for a refreshing stroll outdoors!

We’ve worked hard to recruit some of the most experienced global talent from the world of design, build, construction and project management. And, each month, we put one of our colleagues in the spotlight so you can learn a little more about their role… Next up, it’s our senior project manager, Martina Mariani. 

1.Hello Martina! Firstly, tell us what inspired you to join the Agilité team. 

I was inspired to join the Agilité team because of its international culture, and its track record of delivering exceptional projects that leave a lasting positive impact on communities. 

2.Can you share a little bit about what you do, and the role you play in the delivery of Agilité's projects? 

I'm a project manager for retail and office projects. Day to day, this involves overseeing the design process, coordinating with clients and stakeholders, managing budgets and schedules, ensuring compliance with regulations, and leading a multidisciplinary team to deliver successful outcomes for our office, retail and hospitality projects. 

3.How would you describe our organisation and the work we do to someone who had never heard of Agilité before? 

Agilité is responsible for overseeing and managing the construction process of a project. Our role is crucial in bringing the architect's design vision to life through efficient and high-quality construction practices. We coordinate and manage contractors, procure materials and equipment, manage schedules and budgets, ensure compliance with building codes and regulations, and ultimately deliver the completed project to the client! 

4.What has been your favourite Agilité project to work on, to-date? 

I enjoyed working on project for a financial services client (who we can’t name) on a 1,300 sqm office in an iconic building in the centre of magnificent Milan. Witnessing the project transformation from plans on paper, to a functional workspace that enhances productivity and inspires collaboration was incredibly rewarding. 

5.In your opinion, what makes Agilité stand out from the crowd? And how do you put your own stamp on that distinction? 

I believe Agilité’s strength is in the prioritisation of clear communication, attention to detail, and a collaborative approach that fosters strong relationships with our collaborators. As a project manager, I strive to ensure that our projects meet these expectations by anticipating potential challenges, and proactively finding solutions to ensure smooth progress and outstanding results. 

6.Describe a defining moment in your career, and how it has shaped the work you do at Agilité. 

The first projects I ever managed taught me the importance of effective communication and collaboration, which are central principles in not only my approach to project management but one of the core tenets of the whole company. 

7.If a dream client were to call, who would it be and why? (please name a specific brand or organisation) 

If a dream client were to call, it would be Apple, known for its iconic design ethos, innovative approach to technology, and commitment to sustainability. Working with Apple would offer an opportunity to collaborate on cutting-edge projects that integrate architecture and technology to create transformative spaces. 

8.What one piece of advice would you give to a client looking to expand into a new country, drawing from your experiences and expertise? 

One piece of advice I would give is to prioritise understanding the local culture, regulations and market dynamics. Building strong relationships with local partners and advisors is invaluable when navigating potential challenges and seizing opportunities. 

9.What excites you most about the future of Agilité? How do you see your role contributing to this vision? 

I can see Agilité leading the way in creating transformative spaces that meet the evolving needs of our clients in a way which positively impacts communities and the environment. I see my role as someone championing collaborative approaches, advocating for sustainable practices in all our projects and fostering creativity and efficiency in project delivery. 

10.In what ways do you envision Agilité continuing to lead the way in sustainable practices within the construction industry? How do you personally align with Agilité's sustainability values? 

I envision Agilité continuing to lead the way in this area by integrating sustainability into every aspect of our projects, from design to construction. This includes utilising renewable materials, optimising energy efficiency, and minimising environmental impacts throughout the project lifecycle. Personally, I align with Agilité's sustainability values by prioritising resource efficiency and social responsibility in my work. 

11.What industry changes or trends do you think will have the biggest impact on our sector over the coming year? 

I think the biggest impact will be on sustainability: with increasing awareness of climate change and environmental degradation, there will be a continued emphasis on sustainable design and construction practices, such as renewable energy systems, green building certifications, and the use of eco-friendly materials. 

12.And finally, when you’re not at work, where are we most likely to find you? 

In keeping with the theme of sustainability, I love exploring the outdoors and enjoying nature! I also enjoy spending time with family and friends. Finding a balance between work and leisure activities is really important to me, so I make sure to prioritise activities that recharge my mind. 

The Agilité team is full of the most experienced global talent from the wide-ranging world of design, build, construction and project management. Every month, we spotlight members of our team, to share their passions, interests and ambitions. Closing out 2023 is Mohsen Layeghi, our assistant project manager. Read on to find out why he is obsessed with timekeeping, and where his country to work from is…

1. Describe your job in one paragraph.

Generally speaking, as an assistant project manager it’s my responsibility to help the project manager to achieve their day-to-day goals. This involves communicating with clients and subcontractors, ensuring every problem is being addressed, change orders are being placed and that no stone is left unturned.

2. Which one word would colleagues use to describe you?

If I had to choose, I’d say “caring”. Being a kind and considerate person to my colleagues is of high importance to me. It benefits all of us, in just the same way that working to a high standard does.

3. Why do you think Agilité stands out from competitors?

Agilité prioritises getting the job done in a given timeframe. Many businesses aim to work to tight schedules, but in practice, this is easier said than done, and something we can all be proud of.

4. You have worked in some amazing places around the world. Which has been your favourite?

Out of all of them, Amsterdam! It may not be the most exotic, but it is an amazing place to spend time and work.

5. What’s your biggest career highlight to date?

Definitely when I realised I was able to rise – and thrive – in the face of a challenge! Our project for Lululemon (in Amsterdam) needed to be delivered in under six weeks, and it was incredibly satisfying to see the team’s hard work pay off!

6. The phone rings and it’s your dream client… who is it?

We already work with my dream client, General Motors! And, while Agilité has delivered projects elsewhere in Europe for General Motors, the dream for me would be to work on something for them in Berlin.

7. What key piece of advice would you give to a client planning a commercial interiors project?

Three things: Firstly, make sure you’re in touch with local consultants about the local regulations and structural capacity of the building. Secondly, plan ahead with building materials, as some products may not be available in certain locations, or will have a lengthy lead time – so take advice from your contractors. And finally, expect changes! If you don’t, you’ll risk not delivering the project on time.

8. When you’re not at work, where are we most likely to find you?

Spending time with my wife.

9. What’s next for Agilité?

Agilité has made tremendous progress in attracting clients and projects in different parts of the EU. Going forward, I’d love for us to welcome repeat work for these clients, and be able to grow our team and in newer locations, such as across Germany.

10. As an organisation with sustainability at its heart, Agilité Solutions is dedicated to minimising environmental impact within the construction industry. What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the sector, and how do you think we can rectify it?

I think concrete is a big issue, as it needs a huge amount of water and energy, but using alternatives such as Pozzolan Concrete or fly ashes concrete can make a big difference. The second factor – which also can be used in non-structural sectors of construction – is limiting transportation by designing and sourcing building or fitout materials from local suppliers. It doesn’t make sense to source an environmentally-friendly material from hundreds of kilometres away, so a pragmatic approach is needed.

We’ve worked hard to recruit some of the most experienced global talent from the world of design, build, construction and project management. And, each month, we put one of our colleagues in the spotlight so you can learn a little more about their role…

Next up, it’s finance manager Behzad Tabriz.

1.  Describe your job in one paragraph

As a finance manager in Milan, I am responsible for ensuring projects are completed within budget, and to the client’s exact specifications. Putting my architectural background to good use, I am able to decipher technical drawings and specifications to understand the financial implications, and make educated decisions about expenditure, from conception to completion.

2. Which one word or phrase would colleagues use to describe you?

Collaborative.

3. Why do you think Agilité stands out from competitors?

Its international workforce. When I first started at Agilité, I was struck by the diverse range of cultures and backgrounds among the team. Each person is able to offer a unique perspective.

4. You have worked in some amazing places around the world. Which has been your favourite?

Iran will always hold a special place in my heart, and I had my very first architectural job there, where I learned so much about the nuances of the industry. Another highlight would be working in a pioneering architectural practice in Milan, as the experience I built in this role was truly priceless.

5. What’s your biggest career highlight to date?

Starting my role at Agilité.

6. The phone rings and it’s your dream client… who is it?

A historical building with lots of original features and a good story.

7. When you’re not at work, where are we most likely to find you?

I love spending time in nature, getting away from the busy city life, and being surrounded by trees, mountains, and water.

8. As an organisation with sustainability at its heart, Agilité is dedicated to minimising environmental impact within the construction industry. What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the sector, and how do you think we can rectify it?

I am a firm believer in standing up for what you believe in — from informal conversations to political protests. Sustainability seems to have become a misunderstood term in recent years, with many people believing the environmental crisis will not impact them directly. I would like to see people from all backgrounds, and across all generations, take a stand, and prioritise sustainability, for the good of our planet, and its people.

We’ve worked hard to recruit some of the most experienced global talent from the world of design, build, construction and project management.

And, each month, we put one of our colleagues in the spotlight so you can learn a little more about their role…

Next up, it’s Aurore Lossier…

1.  Describe your job in one paragraph

In my role as construction manager, I oversee and coordinate everything happening on an Agilité site. While ensuring seamless collaboration across teams, I also arrange and lead meetings directly with the client to discuss ongoing works. This position requires meticulous planning to ensure the project constantly aligns with the original brief.

2. Which one word or phrase would colleagues use to describe you?

Patient, creative, or eager-to-succeed.

3. Why do you think Agilité stands out from competitors?

The nurturing and creative atmosphere, which allows colleagues to advance and thrive in their roles. Each team member is a multi-tasker, which means we can offer clients a full-service approach and maintain a comprehensive view of the project at hand.

4. You have worked in some amazing places around the world. Which has been your favourite?

In the heart of Paris, within the renowned "Marais" district, I worked on a retail project for a company specializing in skincare, haircare, and body care. This company operated within the 3rd district.

5. What’s your biggest career highlight to date?

Simultaneously overseeing multiple complex fitout projects.

6. The phone rings and it’s your dream client… who is it?

​​The luxury fragrance brand, Diptyque's aesthetic has always inspired and interested me. The opportunity to work on a retail construction project for them would be a huge achievement.

7. What key piece of advice would you give to a client planning a commercial interiors project?

Collaborate with Agilité, as we have the expertise and passion to create innovative solutions and new materials that may not have been considered before.

8. When you’re not at work, where are we most likely to find you?

Travelling or visiting an art exhibition.

9. What’s next for Agilité?

I would love to see the company expand its geographical footprint even more extensively, meeting new clients, and completing more successful projects for world-leading brands across the globe.

10. As an organisation with sustainability at its heart, Agilité is dedicated to minimising environmental impact within the construction industry. What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the sector, and how do you think we can rectify it?

Sadly, construction waste has a huge impact on the environment. I would like to see more initiatives to reuse waste materials to create something new again. This is something I’m seeing more of in the art world. In my own spare time, I gave some old electrical cable reels a new lease of life. Perhaps we can see more of this upcycling happen on a much larger scale in the future…

Before

old electrical cable reels

After

after old electrical cable reels

(These are my creations 😉 : old electrical cable reel) .

As we approach the end of the summer period, we took a look back at what our various commercial interiors teams have been getting up to around the globe. 

 

On the road with Agilité in August - Work in progress for a global financial management firm

Work in progress for a global financial management firm 

Take a sneak peek behind the scenes of this open plan fit-out, currently being overseen and managed by our Italian team. 

We can’t wait to see the finished product. 

 

On the road with Agilité in August - Keeping the movement going with Lids in Amsterdam

Keeping the movement going with Lids in Amsterdam 

It was great to see another completion for our sports retailer client, Lids, this time in Amsterdam. 

Sports fans will be able to browse displays of the latest merchandise and clothing in the Dutch capital. 

 

On the road with Agilité in August - Lululemon Amsterdam

Lululemon Amsterdam 

There was no stopping the Amsterdam team in August, as they also completed the outfitting of Lululemon’s latest store.  

Congratulations and job well done to all involved. 

 

On the road with Agilité in August - Meet the new UK country head for Agilité — Daniel Hunt

Meet the new UK country head for Agilité — Daniel Hunt 

As a part of our ever-growing international team, each month we celebrate a colleague and put them in the hotseat to get to know them a little better. 

In August, the focus was on our newly-appointed UK country head, Daniel Hunt, as he shared what his new role entails, who his dream client would be, and his favourite places in the world to have worked. 

Get to know Daniel, here. 

 

And with that, the last quarter of the year upon us, and we look forward to what’s next in store for the team. 

To keep up to date with our colleagues and projects, follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram. 

We’ve worked hard to recruit some of the most experienced global talent from the world of design, build, construction, and project management. 

And, each month, we put one of our colleagues in the spotlight so you can learn a little more about their role…

Next up, it’s our recently appointed UK country head, Daniel Hunt.

1. Describe your job in one paragraph

As the newly instated UK country head, I am responsible for growing the UK business and establishing a sustainable structure made up of happy and ambitious Agilité employees!

2. Which one word would colleagues use to describe you? 

It’s early days, but I would like to think they already see me as a dedicated member of the team. 

3. Why do you think Agilité stands out from competitors? 

Its unwavering commitment to doing the right thing — whether through B Corp initiatives or the way we treat clients, colleagues, and partners. 

4. You have worked in some amazing places around the world. Which has been your favourite?

It’s hard to pick, so some special places would be Monte Carlo, Skorpios Island in Greece, Tokyo, Abu Dhabi. If pressed for a favourite, it would have to be Sipan Island, northwest of Dubrovnik. 

5. What’s your biggest career highlight to date? 

Maintaining a happy team that wants to progress and develop. Watching younger colleagues rise through the business to take on more senior roles has always given me particular satisfaction.

6. The phone rings and it’s your dream client… who is it? 

Liverpool Football Club calling to discuss a new fitout of the Kop!

7. What key piece of advice would you give to a client planning a commercial interiors project?

Allow yourself time to do the due diligence. 

8. When you’re not at work, where are we most likely to find you? 

Carshalton Athletic Football Club, watching my two girls play or train.

9. What’s next for Agilité? 

A number of exciting new projects and further growth opportunities. 

10. As an organisation with sustainability at its heart, Agilité is dedicated to minimising environmental impact within the construction industry. What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the sector, and how do you think we can rectify it?

There has been lots of environmental progress in the industry recently, however, some key challenges lie ahead. 

Increasingly demanding legislation around energy efficiency in the UK will have a dramatic effect on existing office space and how usage is controlled in ageing buildings. This will hopefully have a positive impact, not only on energy consumption when the building is in use, but also the way spaces are optimised to perform as efficiently as possible. Agilité’s teams will be required to speak from an informed position on these matters, so high level training should be put in place to address this subject with authority.

And that’s a wrap — July is over and what a month it's been. 

With projects won, others approaching completion, and everything in between, there’s a lot to catch up on from the past few weeks… 

 

On the Road with Agilité in July

The picture of work/life balance for the Italian team  

Our colleagues in Milan gathered under the summer sun to celebrate a series of successful project completions and enjoy a stand up comedy performance at WeWork.  

 

On the Road with Agilité in July

Transforming an event space for a global sports retailer

The team recently wrapped up on this technical project for a well-known American athletic brand. The event presented a few challenges, but our colleagues worked hard for a fantastic end result. Well done all round.  

 

On the Road with Agilité in July

It’s Stephen Murray’s turn in the team spotlight

Every month, we celebrate our international team by inviting a colleague into the hotseat to get to know them a little better. 

July’s focus was Germany-based construction manager, Stephen Murray, as he shared a favourite place he’s worked, how he spends his free time, and a career highlight to date. 

Get to know more about Stephen, here. 

 

On the Road with Agilité in July

Handing over the keys to a luxury car brand 

Congratulations to everyone involved with the completion of the interior outfitting for a well-known car brand in France. 

A beautiful project for a pioneering brand.  

 

On the Road with Agilité in July

Redefining spaces in… Milan

The latest announcement in a series of project wins is a 650 sqm showroom in Milan, Italy. The Agilité team is very excited to get stuck in and begin work in the vibrant capital city. 

Stay tuned for more updates. 

 

On the Road with Agilité in July

Sheltering from the showers

Some of our Italian colleagues joined the team for a social gathering in France, and not even the rain could dampen their spirits.  

 

On the Road with Agilité in July

Celebrating seventeen years of Associazione Real Estate Ladies (AREL) 

Maria Luisa Daglia, country head (Italy), had the privilege of attending the esteemed birthday event at the duo of extraordinary venues Villa Mirabello in Milan and the rooftop of the Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas in Rome. 

See all the highlights 

 

On the Road with Agilité in July

A new home for Hogan Lovells 

Congratulations to the Agilité team for work on the recently-completed Hogan Lovells project in Brussels. 

The modern 2,000 m2 office in the Belgian capital is all set to house around 44 employees. We’re delighted with the final result. 

 

That’s a wrap, and with July coming to an end, we look forward to what August has to offer. 

To keep up to date with our team and projects, follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram. 

With the first half of 2023 coming to a close, June brought us some summer sun and full schedules. 

Take a look at some of the things that we’ve been up to over the past month…

 

Agilité visit McArthur Glen

Lights, camera, Agilité

It was time to put some of the Agilité team in front of the camera, as they journeyed to client McArthurGlen’s site in Dounais for a filming project — with the help of TimeLapse Go.

Operations director, Galia Minkara, project manager, Hani Benbrahim, and assistant project manager, Michale Nassar were in attendance along with construction managers Sébastien Benoit, and Aurore Lossier, all shared their experiences in working on the multi-space transformation project.

We’re very excited to see the final result!

Find out more about our other projects, here.

 

Meet Fabio Duarte, accounting assistant for Agilité

Meet Fabio Duarte, accounting assistant for Agilité

With an international team at Agilité, we like to give one of our colleagues the chance to introduce themselves.

Last month, it was accounting assistant, Fabio Duarte’s, turn to step into the spotlight — talking about his dream client, what he does outside of work, and the biggest challenge he thinks the construction industry is facing.

Get to know more about Fabio, here.

 

Celebrating World Environment Day with Agilité's new ESG manifesto

Celebrating World Environment Day with our new ESG manifesto

June 5 saw the annual celebration of World Environment Day, with this year’s theme being #BeatPlasticPollution.

Here at Agilité, we recognise that the construction industry needs to evolve to integrate more sustainable working practices.

Download our new manifesto, that shows our commitment to sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG), now.

 

What an exciting month! We can’t wait to see what’s to come in the next six months. To keep up to date with our team and projects, follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram.

May was a busy month for the whole Agilité team, with site visits, industry events and the recent launch of our guide, Conscious Construction: building a sustainable supply chain.  

Take a look behind the scenes and see what we’ve been up to in May… 

Is conscious construction on your radar? | Conscious construction | Agilité

Is conscious construction on your radar? 

In case you missed it, we introduced our latest guide, Conscious construction: building a sustainable supply chain. 

The whitepaper, which is free to download, highlights the impact that every business decision has upon our environment, both directly and indirectly. 

With industry experts offering their insights, the report looks at steps we can take in fostering a greener future — paying particular attention to the supply chain. 

To find out more — and download your copy — click here. 

In Milan with MAPIC | Agilité

In Milan with MAPIC 

Agilité’s country manager for Italy, Maria Luisa Daglia, attended MAPIC Italy in Milan on 16-17 May, representing the company and participating in panel discussions around the real estate industry.  

Bringing together fellow industry experts and professionals, MAPIC focused on the impact of global events — such as energy consumption, climate change and the aftermath of the pandemic — while encouraging further conversations in our commitment to a better future. 

We can’t wait to attend next year to see what advancements the retail and real estate sectors make over the next twelve months! 

First class sustainability | Agilité

First class sustainability 

Our design and consultancy project manager, Lucia Cuyun Prado, and junior project manager, Frederica Pisacane, toured the Skypark Business Centre’s development site at Luxembourg Airport, thanks to organisers, LuxReal. 

With elements like green roofs and terraces — that are able to provide energy savings via heat storage — rainwater collection, and a photovoltaic system, it’s unsurprising that the building will boast an extremely low carbon footprint. 

Set to be one of Europe’s largest wooden structures, with a scheduled completion of 2024, we’re excited to see the final result. 

Say hello to Cécile Blot, Agilité’s design coordinator | Agilité

Say hello to Cécile Blot, Agilité’s design coordinator 

Following on from her master’s degree in architecture and interior design at Ecole de Condé Nancy, in France, Cécile joined the Agilité team at the start of 2022. 

In this interview, we discovered what attracted her to Agilité, what she does in her spare time, and her favourite music genre.  

Get to know more about Cécile, here. 

 

What a busy month! We can’t wait to see what the team gets up to in June. To watch our progress unfold, follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram. 

Cormac O’Sullivan is no stranger to the wider Agilité family, having been a part of our team since 2019 – when he joined as a project manager. Following his recent promotions to operations director (Rest of Europe), we caught up with him, to find out more about his new role – and his ambitions.

Under his new remit, Cormac assumes ultimate responsibility for any of our deliveries outside of France and Italy – which are led by Galia Minkara and Maria Luisa Daglia, respectively. Day-to-day, he will oversee our international commercial interiors projects, taking them from A-Z and ensuring our teams, partners, and suppliers are set up to do just that. 

Having been an integral part of the business for the past four years, Cormac’s progression has been in tandem with Agilité’s own exponential growth. A civil engineer by training, and with a background in Cat A/B corporate real estate fit out projects, Cormac is our go-to for the ‘big’ projects that land at our door. 

Challenges he enjoys because of the diversity within the team: “Bigger projects equate to more people and therefore a more diverse crew. You’re meeting individuals from all walks of life, with differing experiences and opinions – allowing for a truly collaborative build,” explained Cormac.

So, without further ado, we thought we’d put Cormac in the hotseat, and find out a little more about him... 

 

Which one word would colleagues use to describe you? 

Direct - I like to get to the point!

 

Why do you think Agilité stands out from competitors? 

We get things done. By understanding our clients, we know how to get them from point A to point B – on a hassle-free journey. No matter what happens on a project, we’ll find a way to facilitate it, whatever it takes.

 

You have worked in some amazing places around the world. Which has been your favourite? 

San Fransisco. It was prior to working with Agilité, and I was doing groundwork in civil engineering. If I had to choose somewhere in Europe it would have to be Lisbon – and project-wise, I’d probably say Booking.com, Kirkland and Ellis, and many of the confidential tech projects we work on.

 

What’s your biggest career highlight to date? 

Having my own career follow Agilité’s growth trajectory – the genesis of it feels pretty special. 

 

The phone rings and it’s your dream client… who is it? 

Patagonia 

 

What key piece of advice would you give to a client planning a commercial interiors project? 

Proper due diligence is key – on the building or the space you’re taking – and underpins the success of the entire delivery, so don’t rush it!

 

When you’re not at work, where are we most likely to find you? 

I live in Bordeaux, France, so much of my downtime is spent on the beach or in the water, surfing. 

 

What’s next for Agilité?  

That would be telling! What I can say, is that you can expect to see us exploring new opportunities and new geographies – both in and outside of Europe.

 

As an organisation with sustainability at its heart, Agilité  is dedicated to minimising environmental impact within the construction industry. What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the sector, and how do you think we can rectify it?  

That is such a hard question, because there are so many wider economic factors at play – particularly now. As an industry, we need to phase out old methods of choosing products, and manufacturers and designers should seek to collaborate to offer more sustainable options.

Those involved in planning a project would use ‘greener’ options if they knew where to find them, but if such a solution isn’t obviously on the market, people won’t go looking for it. I do believe that clients would buy into them, if they were readily available. 

We’ve worked hard to recruit some of the most experienced global talent from the world of design, build, construction, and project management.
Each month, we put one of our colleagues in the spotlight so you can learn a little more about their role.
Next up, it’s our new project manager, Marcello Battaglia…

 

1.         Tell us what attracted you to Agilité Solutions?

As a native Italian and having lived and worked in Dubai for over four years, I felt myself being drawn back to Italy, where the construction industry continues to grow and thrive. The role at Agilité presented an opportunity to hone my skills and tackle a new challenge. Plus, I really enjoyed speaking to human resources manager, Naomi Felix, during my initial interview, which further cemented my desire to become a part of the team.

 

2.        Can you share a little bit about your background?

I have over 10 years of experience in the construction industry and a master’s degree in architecture. Having held positions in countries all over the world — including U.A.E, Switzerland, Iran, India, and the UK — I’ve worked with a number of high-profile brands which has allowed me to strengthen both my management skills as well as design, construction, and architectural knowledge.


3.       Describe a defining moment in your career.

There are lots of moments! One of the most significant was when I went to work in Dubai — it was a completely different way of working, living, and interacting with others, so I was required to adapt very quickly.

 

4.         What does your new role involve?

In a nutshell, I will be overseeing Agilité’s ongoing commercial interiors projects from start to finish.

 

5.    What are you most looking forward to doing?

Developing my knowledge of the organisation, travelling to, and working in numerous countries across Europe, and maintaining total oversight throughout whole developments.

 

6.      The phone rings and it’s your dream client… who is it?

Zegna — I worked on two extremely successful projects for the brand in Dubai and Saudi Arabia, where I developed a strong working relationship with the team.

 

7.       When you’re not at work, where are we most likely to find you?

Now that I am back in Italy, I am enjoying roaming around, taking in the scenery and landscapes — something I really missed while living in Dubai.

 

8.      Which country or city is at the top of your ‘must-visit’ list?

Japan — I have always been fascinated by the culture and architecture.

 

9.       What’s your favourite productivity trick?

I find a good starting point is to put some motivating music on — anything from deep house to classical!

 

10.     How would you describe Agilité Solutions to a relative?

A commercial interiors company with a growing reputation.



11.     As an organisation with sustainability at its heart, Agilité Solutions is dedicated to minimising environmental impact within the construction industry. What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the sector, and how do you think we can rectify it?

Europe, people are becoming increasingly aware of the need to be sustainably conscious — with lots of rules and regulations being brought into effect. My advice would be to adhere to the guidelines and make an effort in all areas of our lives.

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