Antonio Martinez, Aviation Design Management Lead, Construction
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Antonio Martinez

Aviation Design Management Lead

Consultancy, UK

Antonio is a qualified architect and joined Mace in 2008 as a designer manager. During his time at Mace he has progressed to Aviation Design Management Lead and Principal Designer. Antonio has gained significant aviation expertise through numerous projects for London Heathrow and the British Airport Authority over the last eight years.

How did you get into what you do?
Furthering my career as a qualified architect I looked to diversify my experience. I had experience of working in various sectors, including commercial, leisure, education and government, and was keen to move into a specialised field, making use of all the knowledge I’d worked hard to build up.

Aviation appealed as it would allow me to use my organisational design skills within an exciting, high-profile sector. The move didn’t disappoint and I haven’t looked back.

What do you enjoy most about your role at Mace?
I really enjoy the challenge of implementing new ideas and processes. Thankfully, Mace is a very supportive company that recognises the merits of innovation. I’ve always been made to feel confident and valued in using my expertise to move things forward.
What’s your proudest achievement at Mace?
I was honoured to be accepted onto Mace's Developing our Future programme, which is designed to educate and prepare aspiring Mace leaders. It took me nine months to graduate and I worked on an actual strategic challenge that Mace was facing, which was quite a responsibility. Presenting our recommendations to the Board gave me a real insight into decision making at a corporate level.
Antonio Martinez, Aviation Design Management Lead, Construction

“Aviation appealed as it would allow me to use my organisational design skills within an exciting, high-profile sector.”

What advice would you give to someone looking to get into what you do?
You've got to be patient. It takes time to become familiar with constrained environments such as aviation. Mace will give you opportunities for career development but you have to be realistic about how much time and dedication is needed and you have to adapt your skills to working within such a challenging design environment.
What do you see as the big trend for your specialism in the next five years?
Building information modelling (BIM) is the future. We are using it more and more as sophisticated clients require greater control of their assets during the entire lifecycle of the projects. Continuous professional development in this field is going to be vital for professionals in design.
What are you passionate about outside of work?
Creativity defines my persona. I always look to apply innovative ideas in my daily activities and I balance these with a keen interest in art.