About Project by M

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About Project by M

Project by M is a premium provider of residential and commercial building project management services in Canberra. Owner Mariana Galinec – the “M” in Project by M – established the business in 2018 after identifying a need in the Canberra market for building project management services. Mariana has been converting ideas and concepts into first-class building outcomes for over 20 years.

Mariana prides herself on helping people that don’t have the time, inclination and/or experience to manage a major renovation to their home, investment property or commercial premises. She brings a designer mindset to every building project – ensuring that the structural and aesthetic elements blend seamlessly. As your trusted representative, Mariana alleviates the stress and hassle associated with building projects.

M’s Qualifications

  • ACT Class B Builders Licence (No: 2012719)
  • Diploma of Building and Construction (Management)
  • Over 20 years’ experience in building project management services
  • Diploma in Professional Counselling

M’s Mission

  • To ensure that busy people aren’t unduly stressed (or distracted from their everyday lives and professions) by a major home renovation or commercial fitout.
  • To help clients find and manage a reputable Canberra builder that delivers the project on time and on budget.
  • To set the standard for residential and commercial building project management services in Canberra.

Why you’ll love working with M

Mariana’s unique value proposition puts her at the forefront of residential and commercial building project management services in Canberra.

Trusted Representative

Mariana will protect you from the usual heartache and stress that is so often associated with building services, which often lack price transparency, focus on cutting corners and exploit complex variation clauses. As your trusted representative, Mariana takes an “open book” approach to projects, ensuring value for money at every stage of the building process. Her approach results in significant cost savings for the client – not to mention a higher quality solution at the end.


As a licensed Canberra builder, Mariana understands the ins and outs of the local building scene. She’ll ensure that you select a reputable Canberra builder with a proven track record and full insurance cover.


Mariana has worked for high-profile local, national and global construction and property companies, such as Dowse Projects, Coffey and Westfield. Mariana has also managed her own forays into property renovation and development. She knows what works and what doesn’t.


Mariana has high ethical standards. She’ll ensure that all tradespeople and suppliers on the project are held accountable and deliver on their contractual obligations. Mariana is driven to ensure that quality outcomes are achieved at every stage of the project.


You’ll find Mariana to be a great communicator and active listener: warm, empathetic and respectful (you’ll soon understand why Mariana is also a qualified professional counsellor). Mariana will listen attentively to your requirements, and work through all options and considerations. Mariana is a firm believer that successful projects require proactive client engagement.


When the going gets tough, Mariana gets going! Delays in the building sector are unavoidable at times, particularly when bad weather strikes. Mariana understands how to manage delays to avoid or minimise cost blowouts, and to make up for lost time.

Highly Organised

Mariana’s exemplary time management skills are a key feature of the residential / commercial building project management services she provides in Canberra. You’ll know where your project is at, what needs to be done, and who needs to do it.

Attention to Detail

As your trusted representative, Mariana ensures that the fit and finish on the completed project is top-notch. Very little escapes Mariana’s keen eye!

A Personal Insight into Mariana (M)

Mariana is a highly-intelligent, caring person with a passion for family, community and travel. She enjoys having a laugh and tries not to take herself too seriously. In her spare time, Mariana serves as the Chairperson of the Building and Grounds Committee at Radford College in Bruce.

Mariana is a massive fan of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and has visited his former winter residence, Taliesin West, in Arizona and Della Walker House in California (USA). Mariana lists the Flatiron Building in New York as her favourite building of all time, and has a soft spot for Georgian architecture as well.

Mariana’s favourite quote is from Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” Attitude is everything!