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CRISTINA LANZ AZCARATE

 

 

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 not 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 too..

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IWD2022

NAWIC LDN&SE

 

8th March 2022

After nine years leading the London and Southeast region for NAWIC UK as Chair, our Director Cristina Lanz Azcarate stepped down on International Women's Day . This is her final IWD announcement as Chair

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BARRIERS IN ARCHITECTURE

RIBA FUTURE ARCHITECTS

2nd March 2022

As part of the Royal Institute of British Architect's Future Architects Discuss series, this panel focused on the barriers in architecture

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MEMBER ENGAGEMENT

NAWIC LDN&SE

 

28th February 2022

After completing a 9 month long course on Social Innovation, Cristina was able to lead the committee in the development of a new regional strategy.

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DRIVING INCLUSION 

FROM THE TOP

26th May 2021

DIT Sweden hosted a half-day event

 on the theme of Women in Construction, aiming to facilitate knowledge exchange, stimulate ideas, and give British and Swedish stakeholders an opportunity to share insight..

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ARE WE REINSTATING A FLAWED STATUS QUO?

8th July 2020

 

Organised by Construction Week and Building People, this event sought to offer an opportunity to explore a more inclusive future for our industry learning from best practice.

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INSIGHT FROM 

GRASSROOTS INITIATIVES 

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19th November 2020

In 2020 and as part of the AIA's International Region Conference, events, the panel shared grassroots initiatives aimed at delivering a more inclusive Built Environment.

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THE VALUE OF DIVERSITY DRIVEN NETWORKS

November 2019

As part of the 2019 National Conference of NAWIC, this panel looked at the role diversity-led networks have in driving change within the industry. Exploring what grassroots initiatives can bring to the companies hsaping the industry 

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THE FUTURE OF  

REAL ESTATE 

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10th November 2020

This panel organised by Limeslade as part of their Construction Cast Series focused on discussing the future of real estate, the British Highstreet and the industry, beyond Covid 19.

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LESSONS FROM 

LOCKDOWN

13th August 2020

 

Organised by NAWIC, this discussion between Cristina and Independent Workplace Investigator Safia Boot, from Respect at Work,, focused on the many lessons emerging from the social, physical and mental impact of the virus .

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HOW CONSTRUCTION COULD SAVE THE WORLD

11th June 2020

With a core audience of students aged 13 to 17,, the BESS Virtual conference attracted 400. This is Cristina's speaker intro 

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WOMAN'S HOUR

26th August 2019

As a £10 million campaign is launched by the CITB to diversify the building industry, Tina Daheley investigates the opportunities for women in the trades and construction.

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FIND A JOB THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

22nd October 2020

As part of NAWIC LDN&SE 2020 Conference, this discussion with Strategic branding and communications expert Tanisha Raffiuddin, founder of Concept Culture, focused on the opportunities to be found through the tools provided by Social Media

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CIRCULAR ECONOMY 

101 

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21st October 2020

Also part of NAWIC LDN&SE 2020 Conference, this discussion with Global Sales Development Manager at GoGreen Camille Gill about Circular Economy and the positive impact it could bring to the Construction industry.

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HOW YOU CAN 

CHANGE THE WORLD

11th June 2020

 

Organised by BESS, the "How Construction Could Save the World virtual conference." aimed at bringing the industry to over 400 school children. 

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WOMEN AT MACE TRANSCRIPT

3rd March 2020

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:

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CHAIR STATEMENT  

#BLM 

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12th June 2020

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.

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WHY TEACH

SOCIAL JUSTICE

20th June 2020

 

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, 

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WIC SUMMIT 2019 

WORKSHOP HANDOUT 

May 2019

"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.

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WIC EU SUMMIT 2018 

TRANSCRIPT

6th December 2018

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.

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PRESENTING THE EVIDENCE

IN PARLIAMENT

18th June 2019

 

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.

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BUILDING AN 

EQUAL FUTURE 

March 2020

Women into Constrution 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.

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#NOTJUSTFORBOYS 

 WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION 

March 2014

Independent report by the Smith Institute

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WORSHIPFUL COMPANY 

OF CONSTRUCTORS

September 2019

"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.

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RIBA EXPERT ADVISORY 

GROUPS

June 2019

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.

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INCLUSION CHARTER 

ANNOUNCEMENT 

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October 2020

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

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WOMEN IN 

CONSTRUCTION

March 2017

 

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.

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DIVERSITY DRIVEN

LEADERSHIP

April 2019

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. 

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ACCOLADES

Member of the Women of the Year Alumnae Club (since 2020)

London Construction Awards 2019, Women in Construction Award, Joint Finalist with Committee 

London Construction Awards 2017, Women in Construction Award, Finalist