Urbano Communities


Since we began in 2011, Urbano has had a proud track record of championing opportunities for women, especially in historically male dominated industries and sectors, such as construction and engineering.

Around 50% of an Urbano Build event audience are female, many running their own companies or with senior positions at larger companies. Our speakers have also included many leading and inspiring women from across the ACTE & STEM sectors - see list below - and our first four speakers of 2018 have all been women.

To develop deeper connections between women in SMEs and larger ‘corporates’, we are adding a new community to Urbano for 2018: UWACTE (Urbano Women In Architecture, Construction, Technology & Engineering) where women in Urbano member firms can develop and enhance their connections across our network.

We will also seek to invite more female speakers from across the 'Build' sectors and beyond, as well as running UWACTE events.

“Having presented on sustainable construction for Urbano Build, I would definitely speak at an Urbano event again. Not only was I warmly welcomed by the Urbano team, but I was particularly delighted at the depth of the Q&A with such a multi-disciplinary and informed audience from across the built environment sector. Urbano clearly has a great reach into the industry, and to see so many women attending was indicative of the high quality of the event and the relevance of the topic to women in industry.” 
Jacqui Glass, Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Construction at Loughborough University & Director of the Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)

UWACTE Launch Event & Networking Evening 
To celebrate our new UWACTE Community, we hosted an evening event at Bakers' Hall in the City of London on Wednesday June 27th - timed for London Festival of Architecture (LFA) 2018 - officially launching UWACTE (Urbano Women In Architecture Construction Technology & Engineering).

This event brought together female members, previous Urbano speakers and and guests from across relevant companies across the Urbano Network to celebrate the contribution women make to the ACTE & STEM sectors.

UWACTE Launch Event

At Urbano, we see all our events  as catalysts to quality connections and as such our events are open to not only women and men, but also companies from any sector and stage of business. UWACTE will help support our own efforts to support diversity and encourage entrepreneurship across the ACTE & STEM sectors at events and also online.

Some of our past female speakers at Urbano include:

  • Ella Bennett - HR Director, Fujitsu UK & Ireland
  • Pauline Bickerton - Entrepreneur in Residence at Cass Business School
  • Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne - Founder, Genius Foods
  • Charlie Duff - Global Social Media Relations Manager, Ernst & Young
  • Jane Duncan - ex President of RIBA
  • Prof Jacqui Glass - Professor of Architecture & Sustainable Construction
  • Teresa Gonzalez Rico - Future Cities Catapult Project Lead
  • Daisy Goodwin – Producer/Writer of ITV Series ‘Victoria’
  • Jo Haigh - Dealmaker and responsible for over 300 multi-million deals
  • Kate Holt - HR Director at KPMG UK
  • Nicola Horlick - 'Superwoman', CEO of Derby Street Films
  • Lara Morgan - Entrepreneur & ex CEO of Pacific Health
  • Sadie Morgan - Founding Director, dRMM
  • Ann Pickering – Chief HR Officer at O2
  • Modwenna Rees-Mogg - Editor of Angel News
  • Anne Kemp - Chair UK BIM Alliance & Director at Atkins for BIM Strategy 
  • Jackie Sadek - CEO of UK Regeneration
  • Jo Taylor - Former Head of Talent Management, TalkTalk
  • Katie Wood - Director of Operations Consulting, ARUP
  • Dr Kerstin Sailer - Social and Spatial Networks, The Bartlett School of Architecture
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Next Events

  1. Urbano Build Networking Breakfast and Tour - WELL Building Standard

    Thursday September 20th, 8:00am

    Urbano Build September networking breakfast event & tour on the International WELL Building Institute and WELL Standard.

    Read more > Paternoster House
  2. London Networking Event - Networking Masterclass City of London in September

    Wednesday September 26th, 2:00pm

    Networking Masterclass with Urbano's Connector-In-Chief before Urbano's September networking evening event at Bounce.

    Read more > Landmark - 40 Gracechurch St
  3. London Networking Event - Urbano Networking Evening in Farringdon

    Wednesday September 26th, 6:00pm

    Urbano networking evening at Bounce Farringdon in September - FREE for Urbano Members.

    Read more > Bounce Farringdon
  4. London networking event - Build Networking Evening Event October

    Wednesday October 10th, 6:00pm

    Urbano Build networking evening ahead of MIPIM London, Digital Construction Week and London Build - hosted by Minotti London

    Read more > Minotti London
  5. London networking event - Networking Lunch in City Of London

    Wednesday October 17th, 12:30pm

    Urbano networking lunch at Eight Members Club Bank in the City of London.

    Read more > Eight Members Club Bank
  6. London Networking Event - Urbano Networking Evening in Shoreditch

    Thursday November 22nd, 6:00pm

    Urbano Network networking evening at Rich Mix.

    Read more > Rich Mix