Fernando Freitas – Future of Architecture Summit | 07 Jun 2022 | Live


Charting the course of
architecture, interior design
and master planning

15 September 2021
Dubai Branch Director | Omnium International

Fernando Freitas

A Branch Director of Omnium International, Fernando has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry and has been working in the Middle East for over 14 years.

Specialising in high-end and technically complex developments, Fernando has previously worked on the Burj Khalifa and Jumeirah Beach Residences and is currently Omnium’s project lead on Ithra Dubai’s iconic One Za’abeel development, leading a multi-disciplinary team of 15, responsible for the delivery of full pre- and post-contract cost management services on this architectural marvel.

Fernando has led the cost management of One Za’abeel since the early concept stage and is a strong advocate for the importance of early collaboration between the Design Team and the Cost Consultant in the successful execution of a project. One Za’abeel is a masterpiece in iconic design which continually presents challenges in the balance between delivering to expectations whist maintaining budget, and since 2014 Fernando has worked closely with the Design Team to provide highly specialized cost management services to support efficiency and value for investment.

Omnium aim to bring a unique perspective to the Future of Architecture Summit – in the current COVID-19 impacted economic climate, Cost Consultants have had to adapt to a demanding market, challenging designers to present cost effective solutions to their design ideas, with the cost information supplied to Clients proving to be more important than ever, to ensure that developments are delivered as intended, whilst achieving budget targets.

A committed member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), Fernando has excellent communication skills and a personable and pragmatic approach to the management of his projects and team. He possesses a unique ability to offer a rational and knowledgeable viewpoint, coupled with a collaborative approach and innovative solutions that are backed by his exceptional Cost Management and strategic skills.