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Malgorzata Baron, Senior masterplanner, Atkins


Senior masterplanner

When did you join Atkins?

I joined Atkins in July 2006.

Why did you join Atkins?

Atkins has an impressive portfolio of projects worldwide.

What did you do before you joined Atkins?

I worked in a small architectural practice in Poland.

How would you describe your role and responsibilities?

I’m a masterplanner and urban designer. I’m responsible for project planning, management and delivery of medium and large scale projects.

How do you describe what you do to friends and family?

I am transforming and regenerating spaces to deliver a step-change in the quality of urban living. I’m designing spaces for buildings and spaces in between the buildings.

What key projects have you worked on?

I've been lucky enough to work on White City Masterplan, Baku, Azerbaijan; Sohar Masterplan, Sultanate of Oman; Ras Al Zawr Minerals Industrial City (RAZMIC), Saudi Arabia; Northlands Masterplan, Nairobi, Kenya; and Engomi Masterplan, Nicosia, Cyprus.

What are you currently working on?

King Abdul Aziz Road, Makkah, Saudi Arabia, as well as a confidential masterplanning project in Dubai, UAE.

What achievement are you most proud of?

I’m proud of all my projects. We are very client-focused and always try to deliver the best we can for the clients. I’m also a proud member of Women’s Business Network in the region looking into gender balance and how we can attract more female talent.

What’s the most technically challenging project you’ve worked on at Atkins?

Most of our projects are complex and require multidisciplinary co-ordination. We often deal with degraded areas and our aim is to transform the area into a brand new, high quality urban quarter, acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of the city and the wider region.

How has your career developed at Atkins?

I first joined the architectural team in London. Then in 2008 I decided to change the scale of projects and moved to the urban design team. In April 2014 I relocated to Dubai.

How have you been supported during your career development?

Atkins with its numerous locations and wide range of services offers great opportunities for those keen to explore. In the past eight years I have moved quite a bit within the company and I’m very grateful for the experience.

How do masterplanners and Atkins make a difference?

At Atkins we take a holistic approach to the masterplan. With inputs from infrastructure team, planners and architects, we create places that work. Our vision is to create a cohesive, carefully planned sustainable urban environment, offering distinct character and a high quality of life for its residents as well as the opportunity to attract and promote investment, generate jobs and strengthen the economy.

How would you describe the culture at Atkins?

For me it’s all about people and I’m lucky to be part of a great, diverse team.

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