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Urbano UWACTE

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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  1. Tendering Workshop

    Thursday February 21st, 1:30pm

    Urbano Tendering Workshop to demystify the tender process - open to those in any sector responsible for winning bids for their company!

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  2. London Networking Event - Pre MIPIM Networking evening Westminster London

    Wednesday February 27th, 6:00pm

    Urbano Build, Finance & UWACTE (Urbano Women In Architecture Construction Technology & Engineering) Communities pre-MIPIM networking evening in Westminster.

    Read more > Church House Westminster
  3. London Networking Event - Women in Business & UWACTE Networking Breakfast

    Thursday March 7th, 8:30am

    Urbano's Women in Business Networking Breakfast is timed to celebrate International Women's Day hosted by Searcys at The Gherkin

    Read more > Searcys at The Gherkin
  4. London Networking Event - Networking Lunch in Marylebone

    Wednesday March 13th, 12:30pm

    Urbano networking lunch to celebrate MIPIM (but in London) hosted by Bernardi's Italian restaurant in Marylebone.

    Read more > Bernardi's
  5. Urbano Build, People & UWACTE Speaker & Networking Breakfast - Workplace Health & Wellbeing

    Thursday March 21st, 8:00am

    Urbano Build, People & UWACTE speaker breakfast with Dr Judith Grant, Director for Health & Wellbeing at MACE

    Read more > Trowers & Hamlins LLP
  6. London Networking Event - Networking Evening in Mayfair

    Wednesday March 27th, 6:00pm

    Urbano Network Exclusive Networking Evening for Urbano Members hosted by Mahiki Mayfair

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  7. London Networking Event - Networking Lunch in Chelsea

    Wednesday April 3rd, 12:30pm

    Urbano Networking Lunch hosted by Albert's at Beaufort house, a gorgeous Private Members Club in the heart of Chelsea

    Read more > Albert’s at Beaufort House
  8. London Networking Event - Networking breakfast event & tour Cabinet War Rooms

    Wednesday April 10th, 8:00am

    Urbano networking breakfast networking event & tour - Cabinet War Rooms, St James's

    Read more > Churchill War Rooms
  9. London Networking Event - Post-MIPIM Networking reception in London

    Wednesday April 17th, 6:00pm

    Post-MIPIM Networking reception in London for companies who attended or missed MIPIM 2019 in Cannes.

    Read more > Wellcome Collection
  10. London Networking Event - Networking lunch event in Covent Garden

    Wednesday April 24th, 12:30pm

    A special networking lunch to celebrate Easter at the Hotel Chocolat's School of Chocate and event space in Covent Garden.

    Read more > Hotel Chocolat School of Chocolate
  11. London Networking Event - Urbano Build networking event on new ISO standards for BIM

    Wednesday May 8th, 8:00am

    Urbano Build & UWACTE networking breakfast on new ISO standards for BIM and international adoption with guest speaker Anne Atkins, Chair of UK BIM Alliance.

    Read more > Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP
  12. London Networking Event - Networking Evening in Covent Garden

    Wednesday May 29th, 6:00pm

    Urbano Networking Evening at Bunga Bunga - an immersive live entertainment venue in the heart of Covent Garden (FREE places for Urbano Members)

    Read more > Bunga Bunga Covent Garden

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