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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. 

Urbano is itself 50% owned by a woman, Caroline Brock, who leads on UWACTE, tenders (Caroline is ex Work Winning Assocites at AECOM), and increasingly social value (she is also a qualified Social Value Paractitioner. Read more about Caroline here: Caroline Brock

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.

To develop deeper connections between women in SMEs and larger ‘corporates’, we added a new community to Urbano in 2018: UWACTE (Urbano Women In Architecture, Construction, Technology & Engineering) where women in Urbano member firms can develop and enhance their connections across our network. This also links into other Women in Business events for true diversity across industry.

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

ZERO CARBON & ENVIRONMENTAL ROUND TABLE NETWORKING EVENT

THURSDAY MAY 13TH - 10.30AM

For this event, we want to bring together all those companies and individuals in the Zero Carbon Community members to participate in a 'round table' discussion format, faciliated by Mark Herring, Urbano's Connector-In-Chief. Our focus is to connect companies who can find potential areas where they can collaborate, improve each other as businesses and business people, and find new opportunities.

As a community of connected businesses, we know that collaboration between companies is critical to achieving the targets our government has committed to under the Paris Agreement. However, we also know that we must all reach out beyond our own sectors to understand what steps we can take to meet our own promises.

DETAILS & BOOKING: ZERO CARBON COMMUNITY ROUND TABLE

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BIOPHILIA, ARCHITECTURE, AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT SPEAKER EVENT

THURSDAY MAY 27TH - 10.30AM

This event is focused on biophilia, a conception of how the built environment and architectural design may be used for the benefit of all living things, and to answer the pressing need for sustainable and comfortable urban lifestyles. Presenting this session, which will examine the soon-to-be-opening The Spine building, will be  Robert Hopkins, Regional Director of AHR, the award-winning architecture and building consultancy practice - and Urbano Network members.

Robert is design/project lead on The Spine, the new northern home for the Royal College of Physicians in Liverpool, which aims to be one of the healthiest workplace environments in the world when it opens its doors in May 2021. Biophilia is at the heart of AHR's approach to the design of The Spine and the building has been designed adhering to WELL Standard principles. Robert will be dsicussing how biophilia and other innvovations around workplace wellness and design have informed The Spine's design and construction.

DETAILS & BOOKING: BUILD SPEAKER EVENT

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THE CHALLENGE OF NET ZERO CARBON AND RETROFIT IN CONSERVATION BUILDINGS

JUNE 24th - 10.30AM

This event will focus on the recent report from Historic England report on the potential for reducing carbon emissions through retrofitting older buildings. 

https://historicengland.org.uk/whats-new/news/greening-historic-homes/

We will look at the challneges specifically around retrofitting historic and listed buildings, and homes in conservation areas looking to install heating and power systems in line with zero carbon reduction targets.

DETAILS & BOOKING: ZERO CARBON SPEAKER 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.

“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)

"Urbano events are always unique. I loved the variety of attendees and the interaction with the audience. The events are well organised and they know how to make the most of the time: a great combination of network opportunities, learning and Q&A session. Listening to different points of view is always refreshing even if you are the subject expert. I hope to speak again in future Urbano event!"
Dr Marzia Bolpagni, BIM Advisor at Mace, Task Group Leader of the European Committee for Standardization, and Ambassador of the UK BIM Alliance

Upcoming UWACTE events



* Women In Business events always include and welcome attendees from UWACTE companies and individuals

MEMBERSHIP & COMMUNITIES SUPPORTER INFORMATION

Non-member companies are welcome to book and send representatives to a maximum of TWO Urbano events in total, including Urbano Build events before needing to join and experience the full benefits of membership. Click through to the Membership page for options, fees and download on joining Urbano: Urbano Membership

If you would like to consider becoming an Urbano Build & UWACTE Community Supporter, helping our Zero Carbon in Construction Programme and efforts to inspire diversity across in the ACTE sectors, please click here:
Urbano Build/UWACTE Community Supporter download

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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
  • Dr 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
  • Bola Fatimilehin - Diversity & inclusion expertise, the Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Dr Marzia Bolpagni - BIM Advisor at MACE & UK BIM Alliance Ambassador
  • Dr Judith Grant - Director of Health & Wellbeing at MACE Group
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Next Events

  1. Urbano Open Networking Round Table - May 2021

    Wednesday May 19th, 10:30am

    Urbano Networking Round Table - Wednesday May 19th at 10.30am.

    Read more > Urbano Open Round Table
  2. Urbano Build Speaker event - Biophilia, Architecture, and the Built Environment

    Thursday May 27th, 10:30am

    Urbano Build Speaker Event on Biophilia In Design & Architecture, with Robert Hopkins, AHR Director & Design Lead on The Spine.

    Read more > Urbano Build Event
  3. Urbano Network Open Networking Round Table - June 2021

    Wednesday June 16th, 10:30am

    Urbano Network Open Networking Round Table - June 2021 - for Members & Non-Members*

    Read more > Urbano Networking Event
  4. Urbano Build Speaker event - The challenge of Net Zero Carbon & Retrofit In Conservation Buildings

    Thursday June 24th, 10:30am

    Urbano Speaker Event on delivering zero carbon and retrofit of historic and conservation buildings, with Peter Cox of Carrig Conservation International

    Read more > Urbano Build
  5. Urbano Speaker Panel Event: Proposal & Pitch Workshop

    Thursday July 1st, 10:30am

    Urbano Speaker Panel Event: Critical Ingredients For Successful Proposals & Pitches, with David Pritchard, MD of Sandler Training, London East.

    Read more > Urbano Engage - Business
  6. Urbano Network Members Summer Networking evening and party

    Wednesday July 7th, 6:00pm

    Urbano Network Members Summer Networking evening and party at Lambeth Palace.

    Read more > Lambeth Palace
  7. Urbano Networking Event - Build Speaker Panel featuring Simon Allford, President of RIBA

    Thursday September 16th, 10:30am

    Urbano Build Speaker Event featuring the incoming President of RIBA, Simon Allford.

    Read more > Venue TBC (w)

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