Design Manager: Opportunities in the horizon

In the past five years, many professionals have changed office based consultant roles for site-based roles such as a Design Manager or Technical Coordinator.

Their reasons varied but often coincided among others on the following:

1. Opportunity to drive quality,
2. hands-on involvement in the process,
3. more family-friendly schedules and
4. better pay

With the #Skillsshortage , #Brexit dilemma and high university fees which are preventing social mobility and access by minority groups to positions of influence within Construction, NAWIC London and South East have partnered with Riba and Lee-Ann Adendorff (who has recently co-founded the Design Managers Association) to discuss the opportunities and realities of this role.

Lee-Ann with has put together a remarkable panel of speakers to include:

Denitza Moreua – Design Manager at Skanska. Extremely experienced and currently advising local government on establishing apprenticeships in Design Management, Denitza is an impressive woman!

Christopher Akinrodoye – Design Manager for Lindner Interiors  (formerly at Nu Living) has an architectural and technical background. Christopher is very knowledgeable about Bim, Autodesk etc.

Marcel Peppercorn –  Architect and Project Manager at Mace, Marcel has an MBA. He is passionate about business and management and is an expert in change and risk management. Marcel has helped the DMA committee establish policies and strategy.

Ernie Bardrick – Head of Design and Technical at Clarion Housing, Ernie is also the co-founder of the DMA with Lee-Ann. Trained as a Planner and Project Manager, he brings a different perspective to the role.

Our treasurer Anna Nasalska, Technical Manager at Barratt London will also join the panel. Anna swapped architecture for a site-based role when she returned from a carer break and has not looked back.

We hope to see many of you there.


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