Enhancing the value of national technicians
Presenting himself with a solid career, Nuno Remane has been quoted by the Financial Times and contributed to some of the distinctions of the company Traçus Architects. He is currently performing his leadership role, worried about the team’s well-being, and fully trusting the value and quality of national technicians.
“A learning career”. Here’s how Nuno Ibra Hassane Remane succinctly defines his career. In 2005, he finished his degree in Architecture and Urban Planning at the State University of Londrina, Paraná – Brazil, and in 2006 he began his professional internship in Lisbon, returning to Maputo the following year, the town where he always dreamed of working. At that time, “I had a very limited view of what were the possibilities in order to create an upward career. In fact, what is expected of a country in full development is that the difficulty index is so high that it will be very few real opportunities for technical, intellectual and human development, “says the architect, who was born on February 14, 1980.
However, he points out that “in the last eight years, Mozambique has proven to me that this is not the reality. The technical growth which takes place in developing countries is the opportunity needed to implement changes and integrate situations, which increase the sense of responsibility of national technicians. Where these opportunities are successfully carried out, the technical learning allows spreading a positive message that it is possible to do well, with nationals, and that it is possible to develop quality technicians, provided that they are predisposed to participate. ”
Nuno Remane also mentions that all this has started in Mozambique in the 90s and “it still has another 20 to 30 years of technical investment to meet the demand and the challenges of the future.” His career went from a learning period, which in his opinion must be maintained as a constant element throughout his career, to a phase of active participation in a number of initiatives aimed at developing technical and strategic actions to ensure national development. However, he considers that his career is just beginning. “I still have to give Mozambique many hours of dedication in order to promote, in an inclusive and technical way, the development of projects with a national identity,” he stresses.
When Nuno Remane was not even thinking of becoming the managing director and architect / urbanist of Traçus Architects, he had the dream of being an aviation pilot, because he always identified himself with the contemplation of aircraft, as well as having a huge curiosity about the way they were built in order to fly. “Soon I was confronted with the fact that I expressed these curiosities with interpretative drawings,” he says and explains that he always represented aircraft and its parts, but found that “more than a passion for aircraft, I had passion for the way I represented it: the design.”
Before performing his current job, in addition to the professional internship in Lisbon architecture studio, Nuno Remane worked for about a year with the Bauhaus in Maputo. In 2008, he began his work in Traçus Architects as a partner and collaborator, by leading a team of 12 technicians. “Embracing a challenge means being able to reap the rewards of victory, but also to cry the defeats. I try to bet on a team that has an acceptable technical knowledge, but above all, where human relationships prevail, allowing the technical work to flow naturally and pleasantly,” says the architect, referring to his team as a “small family who always tries to be in harmony.”
Over the years, the challenges in Traçus Architects have been changing and the global partnerships, which now contribute with almost 300 technicians, made the company go through a process of evolution, showing its customers that it is possible to carry out projects for national employees, in Mozambique and with international quality.
“One cannot achieve significant gains, with such a young team, without the participation of some national and international partnerships,” emphasizes Nuno Remane, adding that “very early on, the company management selected its challenges and in order to meet its technical needs, it resorted to technical partnerships who contributed with extra capacity and the continuous training of staff.”
To promote exemplary leadership
In the opinion of Nuno Remane, to lead is an ability that can be born with or acquired over years of experience in the direction of specific teams. In his words, “the truth is that if it is not in your character to empathize with people, to have the ability to listen and the insight to ponder and act with attitudes that reflect common sense, you cannot promote exemplary leadership”.
He also recalls the fact that to lead and to direct are two completely different elements that can be included in the same function: to coordinate teams in order to reach a common goal of success.
“The team is the main reason for the nature of leadership I have in the company. If perchance it is a leadership of reference, I cannot say, but I believe that everything that happens throughout my process to run the company is supported, commented and discussed in a group that is the main reason of our existence,” said the architect, stressing that his team is his priority. Therefore, he considers to perform “a leadership concerned about the welfare of my team, knowing that the way to achieve the level of satisfaction we desire is still long and with many questions to be answered.”
Achievements and awards
In 2013, Nuno Remane contributed to the distinction of Traçus Architects with the quality seal “Mozambican Pride Made in Mozambique “. From the strategies outlined for the period between 2010 and 2013, “it was very clear that we needed to ascend to a level of quality, where there was a basis for us to be compared with national and international companies”, says the architect, referring this was the reason that led the company to apply for the quality seal of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. “It was a way of trying to understand if the strategy we have been implementing since 2008 brought some advantage for the domestic market, and could somehow be considered as an asset for those who used our services,” he stresses.
A year later, Traçus Architects was awarded by the IPEME and the SOICO Group as “Best State Provider 2014,” for its commitment to “good practices” and the “exemplary leadership” of a technical team that develops urban projects for the oil and gas sector. For Nuno Remane this distinction is “was a gigantic gain taking into account the modest approach we always use to present ourselves in this market.” He states that “for this honour we had to work far beyond our normal assumptions and we had to bring together the work of various technicians of different nationalities. We were able to prove that domestic companies need opportunities, at all levels, in order to succeed in a market where everything that comes from outside the country is considered to be better and with more quality. ”
Nuno Remane was incredulous when in the same year of this distinction he was cited by the financial newspaper Financial Times as an “opinion leader”, on an article on the development of the natural gas sector in Mozambique. “I never imagined being quoted by a newspaper with that magnitude and never imagined that it could be possible for a national company, in such a short working time, and in an area considered new to the country, to be mentioned positively by a vehicle that disseminates and sometimes sets some of the strategic formatting of the world economy”, he says and argues that “although the mention has been made first personally, and then made in terms of group, it is necessary to explain that this achievement is only possible taking into account the partnerships that we managed to keep along the years, helping us to get international quality jobs, and to acquire the basis to provide very high liability services, in all that concerns a daring strategy, innovation working techniques, presentation of globalized standards and recognition of Mozambique, on a technical level.”
The architect also quotes the African saying “if you want to go fast, go alone… if you want to go far, go together” to show the position of Traçus Architects. It was this attitude that, in his view, led to the praise of a journal with the magnitude of the Financial Times.
Over little more than a decade of professional experience, Nuno Remane participated in numerous projects of various types and dimensions. “In many companies where I worked, I had the opportunity to see different forms of design, from small interior projects and design projects with great specificity and detail, to the large-scale projects, where large industries and mega town’s urbanization projects were some of the major challenges”, says the architect.
When asked about the most outstanding project, he did not neglect all others who were involved but said to have been to draw a city from scratch, to an area of about 18,000 hectares, which expected an estimated flow of 250,000 people in 15 years. “This project was designed to an area where the liquefaction of natural gas will develop, at the Rovuma basin, northern Mozambique,” explains Nuno Remane, adding that “I was impressed by its size, but also by the way it became clear to all of us (technicians) that a project is ruined if it does not have the approval of the population and the community. We invested more in socio-economic, anthropological, religious and cultural studies, and this ensured the success of the strategy implemented. ”
As for Traçus Architects in the future, the intention is to “bind to its structure a partner who can contribute with its skills as a way to enhance and improve the company’s responsiveness, thus improving its national and international ratings, as a service provider in architecture, engineering, supervision and management of construction works and evaluation and property management, “stated Nuno Remane, concluding that the company “intends to grow within the Mozambican market, assuring national inclusion and participation of foreigners, in the short term, when it proves to be necessary to improve our internal training. In the long term we would like to be a company that offers national solutions, designed by national, to other markets, leading the name of Mozambique out of our borders.”