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ABOUT CRISTINA LANZ AZCARATE

RIBA, ARB, NAWIC

An EDI advocate through practice and volunteering, Cristina is one of the Founding Signatories of the 2020 RIBA Inclusion Charter which proposes a cultural change to break down barriers and make architecture more inclusive.  

But this is, by no means, her only contribution towards this endeavour.

 

The Outgoing London and Southeast Chair on behalf of NAWIC UK (08.2013-03.2022) has been a Mentor at Fluid Mentoring and a speaker in Schools with Inspiring the Future since 2013. .

 

At the start of 2017 she joined RIBA’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Group (and Mayor of London's Design Advocate Organisation) Architects For Change and most recently, at the start of 2022, she joined the Women in Architecture Mentoring Programme as a mentor.

Throughout her volunteering, she has been able to support the careers of numerous individuals and organisations and the experience has been invaluable.

 

This page aims to collect some of her contributions with the hope that they may be of use to others . It is also here to highlight the organisations she volunteers with because they deserve to be highlighted at every opportunity.

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VOLUNTEERING

If you have wondered about volunteering, here are Cristina's choices

2013-present

Mentor 
Built by us LINK

The FLUID Diversity Mentoring Programme is an award winning built environment leadership programme that connects volunteer mentors and mentees from across the Built Environment with the aim to  address barriers to diversity and inclusion.

2013-present

Speaker at schools

Inspiring the Future LINK

Inspiring the Future, the flagship service of the Education and Employers charity, connects workplace volunteers with schools and colleges to broaden children and young people’s horizons, raise their aspirations and increase their motivation to learn.

2022-present

Committee Member
NAWIC LDN & SE LINK

The NAWIC London and South East Region team are committed to transforming the industry on to one which reflects the diversity of our society, shifting the agenda from gender to ability and putting an end to stereotypes.

2022-present

Mentor
Women in Architecture LINK

This programme aims to help women and people of marginalised genders, plus women in positions where immediate role models are absent or where external mentors aren't offered. 

2013-2022

Chair

NAWIC LDN & SE LINK

As chair, my focus was in the development & implementation of a variety of programs that are a good fit for NAWIC's ethos and both support the development and encourage the retention of diversity within the industry.

2017-present* 

EDI Advisor

RIBA AFC LINK

Architects for Change (AFC) is RIBA’s equality, diversity and inclusion advisory group and also a Mayor's Advocate Organisation ( "Good Growth by Design".

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NOTE WORTHY ACHIEVEMENTS

Linked to Cristina's work around EDI and beyond

06.2023

12.2022 - present

10.2020

2020-present

2016, '17, '20, '21

2019

06.2019

2019

2019-2020

2017

Inspirational Businesswomen in STEM and Construction, winner

 

Innovation Champion at the IDP by Nottingham Trent University in partnership with Morgan Sindall Construction.

Founding Signatory, RIBA Inclusion Charter, RIBA

Alumnae, Women of the Year Alumnae Club

Judge, European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards

Finalist, Women in construction LCA (group submission NAWIC)

Evidence Contributor: APPG for Excellence in the Built Environment Commission

Advisory Board Member “The FT Global Future of Construction Summit” FT, LDN

Advisory Board Member “Women in Construction World Series”

Finalist, Woman in construction LCA Award

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RECORDINGS

About EDI and the Built Environment

Over the years Cristina has been invited to speak at many events and to take part in some very interesting discussions. Unfortunately, not all were recorded. Here are some that were.

ARTICLES AND MENTIONS

About Cristina, EDI and the Built Environment

25.08.2023

From architect to advocate

LINK

"We talk to Cristina Lanz Azcarate, Co-Founding Director of atelier EURA, about being recognised as an inspirational businesswoman in STEM and construction, the challenges she’s faced along the way and much more."

27.06.2023

Building a brighter future

LINK

"On Thursday 22nd June 2023, the House of Lords, Palace of Westminster opened its doors to Inspirational Business Women in STEM & Construction, joined by Young Ambassadors seeking role models, as well as allies supporting the cause."

12.06.2023

Success redefined

LINK

Cristina Lanz Azcarate is a RIBA Chartered Member and the Director of atelier EURA, a design studio specialised in architecture that she co-founded in 2012. Cristina believes in the power that strategic design can bring to the built environment in order to create a positive impact on individuals, communities and businesses.

20.04.2023

Reuse, Retrofit, Recycle

LINK

"Last night, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) UK & Ireland London and Southeast run an insightful event at the showroom of Kinnarps Group in Farringdon event at the showroom of Kinnarps Group in Farringdon. "

15.01.2023

The value of the unusual 

LINK

"Earlier in the week , architect and designer Cristina Lanz Azcarate delivered this sold out workshop as part of NAWIC London’s Circular Economy awareness calendar."

10.2020

RIBA inclusion charter

LINK

The RIBA Inclusion Charter invites RIBA members to step up and demonstrate their commitment to making architecture more inclusive.

12.6.2020

Chair statement

LINK

Cristina's  thoughts as Chair of NAWIC London and South East, a role that gives her a responsibility to speak up in a way that is both honest and helps raise collective awareness.

20.06.2020

Why teach social justice

LINK

03.03.2020

Women at Mace

LINK

03.2020

Building an Equal future

LINK

As part of the conversation that followed the murder of George Floyd, Cristina discussed why learning Social Justice from childhood will set us in a path that will continue throughout our lives, 

As part of a panel discussion, the transcript reflects Cristina's contribution on The Role of Culture and Relationships  when looking to address the gender pay gap:.

Women into Construction marked #IWD2020 at City Hall London to discuss building an equal future in construction with a group of women from across the industry. The room was abuzz with positivity, solidarity & enthusiasm.

09.2019

Ladies take over the city

LINK

06.2019

RIBA Expert Advisory Groups

LINK

18.06.2019

Presenting evidence

LINK

"This aspirational message was keenly supported by chair of NAWIC, Cristina Lanz Azcarate, who has been a long-time advocate for change. "

Members of the RIBA Expert Advisory Groups use their expertise to inform RIBA responses to consultations, proactive campaigns as well as products and guidance to support the profession.

Having submitted evidence (on how the retention and engagement of women in construction could be achieved) in response to the open call by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment Commission, Cristina was invited to present to the comission

05.2019

WIC Summit workshop

LINK

"Becoming that Leader" was a workshop delivered by collaborators Danna Walker (from the inspiring not-for-profit Built by Us) and Cristina in her role as Chair of NAWIC London and South East. This post has a link to the handout prepared by the speakers.

06.12.2018

WIC EU Summit 2018 

LINK

Titled "Inspiring ourselves" ,  the transcript reflects Cristina's contribution to the summit. Hers was the closing talk of the European Summit in Amsterdam and it provided peers from across the continent the opportunity to learn from NAWIC's own experience.

27.04.2017

Diversity Driven Leadership

LINK

As I write this piece, I am only too aware that despite having become part of the mainstream vocabulary, the word “diversity” is not always fully understood. 

08.03.2017

Women in construction

LINK

16.03.2016

ST Georges encourages women into construction

LINK

03.2014

#NotJustForBoys

LINK

Perhaps traditionally seen as the industries most unsuited to women, but the construction industry is changing for the better, according to the women who work in it.

"On Tuesday 15 March 2016, the developer hosted ten NAWIC members on a site tour led by Kasia Dziala (Technical Coordinator at Chelsea Creek) and Julia Libera, Business Administration apprentice training on the site. "

Independent report by the Smith Institute

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