Vice-President shares real estate insights with experts and academics at Stanford University engineering forum


Pietro Vecchiato met experts, academics and PhD students at one of America’s most prestigious universities last week during a session dedicated to the real estate and construction market in Saudi Arabia. 

Stanford University hosted our Vice-President of Client Partnerships, whose presentation explored the potential use of industrialised construction (IC) to meet the kingdom’s evolving housing needs. 

Pietro, who possesses a PhD in industrial engineering, laid out how the Saudi 2030 Vision programme is changing the socio-economic landscape in the country. With several mega-projects already underway across the nation, the need to build quality real estate – in particular housing – has come into sharp focus as demand rockets. 


Among those in attendance at the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) were Professor Martin Fischer, who is a director of the CIFE, and Jerker Lessing, a leading global expert in the field of IC and an adjunct professor in civil and environmental engineering at Stanford. 

“Industrialised construction is something that could play a crucial role in shaping the lives of millions of people by providing the country with quality housing in a time- and cost-efficient manner,” said Pietro, who has been living in the Middle East for over 10 years. 

“The forum was a fantastic place to start these discussions to figure out how best to implement industrialised construction at scale and I look forward to continuing them into the future.”