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Parsons adds RMJM Dubai CEO David Manfredi to built environment team

by Neha Bhatia on Nov 29, 2018


David Manfredi, previously CEO of RMJM Dubai, has joined Parsons MEA's built environment division, which is led by Gregg Welch [image: middleeastarchitect.com].
David Manfredi, previously CEO of RMJM Dubai, has joined Parsons MEA's built environment division, which is led by Gregg Welch [image: middleeastarchitect.com].

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Pasadena-headquartered engineering specialist Parsons Corporation has appointed David Manfredi to its Middle East and Africa (MEA) built environment division. In his new job, Manfredi, former chief executive officer of RMJM Dubai, will lead the design and consultancy services segment within the growing, technology-focused built environment team led by Gregg Welch, who is its manager, as well as senior vice president at the American construction giant.

The former RMJM Dubai boss is also recognised in the Middle East for his work with Mott MacDonald between January 2010 and August 2018. His tenure at the firm included roles such as sector lead for built environment (January-December 2017) and business development director for built environment (October 2009-December 2014).

Manfredi’s LinkedIn profile shows that he holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture, and an advanced diploma in built environment, architecture, environmental design, and construction, from the University of South Australia. 

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Commenting on Manfredi’s appointment in a statement shared with Construction Week, Welch said: “We are delighted to welcome David to Parsons, where he will take charge of one of MEA built environment’s most exciting segments: design and consultancy services. David will lead a team that provides end-to-end design solutions, from urban design in our creative design studio, to smart ecosystem and infrastructure engineering services across the portfolio. 

“He will be maximising collaboration and consistency between the teams for seamless delivery of our holistic designs.”

Welch expressed confidence in Manfredi’s skills and expertise, which are expected to benefit Parsons’ built environment division

“David has more than 20 years of experience in built environment and collaborative design in the Middle East, Australia, and Asia,” Welch continued. “[Manfredi] is a seasoned leader and an award-winning architect with a wide breadth of experience in providing design and construction solutions.”

RMJM’s portfolio in the Middle East includes the Souq Extra development in Dubai, and Rak Properties’ Hayat Island master development in the UAE’s northern emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. 

Manfredi’s appointment strengthens the team managed by Parsons’ Welch, a proponent of technology, including tools for smart cities, in the regional construction industry. As one of the panellists at Construction Week’s Leaders in Construction Summit UAE 2018 in September, Welch said that millennials could help the Emirates’ and the Middle East’s stakeholders achieve their respective smart city ambitions. His body of work aligns with Parsons’ long-term vision, which Welch described this July as having adapted to match the demands of global construction clients.

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“Parsons is evolving and transforming from a service-based entity to a full-fledged digitally enabled solutions provider,” Welch told Construction Week this year.

“We are embracing new technologies and tailoring our culture in ways that will dramatically enhance our value proposition as well as our commercial returns to shareholders. We foresee significant opportunities in smart cities and the infrastructure required by them.” 



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