Team spotlight – meet Martina Mariani

9th Feb 2024

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. 

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