Cristina Lanz Azcarate, Chair
Cristina is a Director and co-founder of Atelier EURA, a design studio which focuses on the added value that design brings to daily life.
A Chartered Member of RIBA, Cristina is committed to supporting diversity in the industry. She does so from her positions as London and South East Chair for NAWIC and Mentor at the Fluid Diversity Mentoring Program.
With over sixteen years experience running projects, Cristina remains passionate about architecture and the built environment and as well as having developed an acute attention to detail, she thoroughly enjoys the anthropological side of her work .
Over the years, Cristina has developed an in-depth understanding of the work involved in complex frameworks, having delivered—often within the constraints of conservation areas—bespoke imaginative solutions for, among others, two award-winning educational projects and a considerable number of large regeneration developments in and out of London including the award winning ‘Vermilion’ for English Cities Fund.
Her approach to work is inclusive and she puts great emphasis on relationships not only with clients but each member of the Design and Construction Team for she believes that the secret to the delivery of a successful project is simply teamwork.
The reason why I decided to join NAWIC was a personal one; I have three nieces and in the winter of 2012/ 2013 one of them asked me why I choose to do a boy's job. I did not understand what could have made her think that way and decided to get involved in changing such a perception.
Marianna Bia, Deputy Chair
Marianna is a Designer and Development Consultant. She recently became a Director of Kemp Muir Wealleans, an architectural and urban planning practice in Fulham.
Having studied Architecture at Greenwich University, Marianna's professional experience ranges from Architecture to Development management, providing her with keen commercial awareness in addition to solid design and managerial skills.
Marianna started her career in London working in a variety of large scale mixed use schemes. She became Associate of Kemp Muir Wealleans in 2006 following the successful delivery of a £30M regeneration project part of the Chatham Historic dockyards.
As an Associate, having led various mixed use development schemes, Marianna discovered that her passion lay in urban planning and sustainable development, and so in 2010, looking to widen her understanding of development, she joined Goldcrest Land plc, a London property developer specialising in acquiring land without planning permission focused on the Greater London area.
At Goldcrest Land she managed pre acquisition site due diligence, including conducting feasibility and value adding studies. She also managed the planning process working closely with external consultants, stake holders and local authorities to ensure expeditious success. With the company targeting sites where perceived problems restricted land value (such as planning refusals, land use issues, contamination, technical challenges, tunnels, etc) she gained considerable experience in technical and legal problem resolution.
After leaving Goldcrest to pursue an opportunity to redevelop her own property, Marianna recently rejoined Kemp Muir Wealleans with a view to utilise her site due diligence and development management skills to expand their Client offering.
Marianna is committed to diversity and has with a been a member of NAWIC since 2013 and has recently joined the regional committee as Deputy Chair .
Anna Nasalska, Treasurer
Anna is a Technical Coordinator for Quadrant Construction ( part of London and Quadrant Housing Association) and the London and South East Treasurer for NAWIC UK & Ireland.
Anna has been awarded both an Architecture and Town Planning Engineering Degree at the Warsaw University of Technology in 2002. Whilst studying she joined residential led architectural studio where she participated in the delivery of over 1000 homes.
After qualifying, she joined urban planning practice to develop a masterplan for a 5 sq km brownfield site in the centre of Warsaw. This design inspired her to develop academic research focused on residential development in the city. Anna’s research extended to the post-war history of urban planning and became part of the award-winning Historical Atlas of Warsaw.
Her interest in city living continued to shape her career as she joined Juneves, residential developer, and became their Urban Designer.
Anna moved to London to further her passion and diversify her career by completing MSc in International Real Estates and Planning at The Bartlett School of Planning (UCL, London) in 2012. Her research focused on the relationship between property development, the investment system in UK and national planning systems, exploring the forces under which urban development operates.
In the past four years, Anna has been working on some of London’s best-known sites. An attention to detail and a willingness to embrace new challenges, including technologies, has been instrumental in Anna’s ability to deliver high-quality proposals. She is currently working on the delivery of residential complex in London by L&Q, where she is a Technical Coordinator.
Kathy Basheva, Head of Development
Kathy Basheva is a RIBA ARB registered architect, based in North London. She is a multilingual architect, with a background in environmental studies. Kathy brings 20 years of international experience in architecture, and a specialisation in the field of high-end construction and refurbishment.
Kathy has experience in variety of projects, among others including religious and cultural centres, high-end residential and commercial schemes, master plans and urban regeneration proposals in the Middle East, the Far East, Europe and the US. Since 2006 Kathy has based her practice in London working to deliver high-end projects.
She is a regular external critic at the Bauhaus school of architecture and has been invited as a critic at the AA, the UCL Bartlett, the UEL and the University of Tel-Aviv.
As Head of Development for the London and the S&E, Kathy is responsible for enlarging the membership circles, promoting and delivering the program of annual events directing the discourse of skills and knowledge over gender.
As a founder and director of her practice Studio Basheva, she is engaged in design and delivery of light filled spaces. Kathy established her practice, Studio Basheva in 2006 with a firm belief in bespoke design, based on dialogue with the client and other contributors that the design evolves to become a client lead team work. The unique viewpoint Kathy has established in the practice is her international experience and a view to always listen to the client and resolve the brief within budget and time scale.
Chiara Beltrame, PR & Communications
Chiara is the Business Development and Communications Manager for the London office of global architecture and design practice, Aedas. She has been working in the construction industry since gaining her architectural qualifications in 2008.
After completing her Bachelor of Architecture and Master’s Degree in Architectural Conservation at Turin Polytechnic, Italy. Chiara collaborated with Paul Davies and Partners, to write her Master Degree thesis on the regeneration of Duke of York’s Square in London.
Following her Master’s, Chiara began expanding into marketing and communications roles at the London Transport Museum, where she coordinated and assisted on an extensive variety of corporate events. On moving to The Buchan Group and then Curious, her role evolved further into Business Development in the built environment, and she contributed significantly to the growth of the London offices for both organisations.
The start of Chiara’s current role at Aedas coincided with the reorganisation of the London office and her role includes the setting up of new marketing platforms and the implementation of the office’s media relations. Chiara’s extensive architectural background along with her passion for positive communication plays a crucial role in the development of the office.
As a senior management member of staff, Chiara always works on belief that the people are the heart of the business.
Jessica Tabibi, CSR & Engagement
Jessica is a Quantity Surveyor working for a main contractor in the South of England. She is currently studying for an MSc in Surveying at UCEM due to graduate early 2017 and working towards the APC.
After graduating in Geography from Kings College London, Jessica gained professional experience as a Project Manager working on projects worldwide and more recently as a Quantity Surveyor working in the U.K. Construction Industry.
Jessica has worked in Engineering and Construction sectors for over 8 years. Her professional experience began as a project manager in the engineering sector in rail, telecoms and healthcare. Jessica has worked on several high profile projects including the Thameslink project and the FTN/GSM-R project at Network Rail, as well as healthcare projects in the UK, Middle East and Asia. After 6 years working as a Project Manager, Jessica decided to retrain and embarked on a career as a Quantity Surveyor. Jessica joined H Sweet Construction, a Main Contractor based in Bristol in 2014 and is currently working on a project constructing data centres outside of London.
Jessica is passionate about encouraging the next generation of construction professionals into the industry. She also has an interest in diversity within the industry and is currently undertaking research into the gender imbalance within the UK Construction Industry.
Carine Guenand, Head of Sustainability
Carine has been working in the construction industry for over 15 years. She is originally from France and started working in construction shortly after arriving to the UK. She has mainly worked for main contractors, on hospitals, schools, leisure and commercial offices. She currently works for Skanska.
She qualified as an Architectural Technologist with honours and progressed into a design management career. She recently decided to move into the sustainability field and has expertise in leading projects to achieve BREEAM and LEED building certifications. She is a LEED Green Associate, a qualified BREEAM Assessor and a member of the Chartered Institute of Building.
Carine is passionate about sustainable construction and is keen to introduce innovations and new technologies into buildings and the build process to promote sustainability. She has also an interest in healthy buildings and is keen to see future buildings providing the best environment for its occupiers.
She has recently worked on a commercial office which was the first project to achieve LEED and BREEAM dual certification.
Carine is the Head of Sustainability for the London and South East Chair for NAWIC.
She is part of NAWIC because she wants to promote the positives and many opportunities the construction industry has to offer and encourage women to join it and thrive within it.
Yolanda Edwards, Head of Career Development
Yolanda is a Senior Project Manager within the Residential Sector of Arcadis and responsible for project managing a number of high profile projects within London and the South East.
Yolanda has experience within the regeneration, residential (both affordable and private), with experience in Health Care sector and delivering Decent Homes projects. Internally within Arcadis Yolanda is also a part of a working group internally within Arcadis, contributing to and leading best practice and service delivery tools to allow all members of Arcadis team to deliver a consistent service of exceptional quality across the group and throughout the lifecycle of the (pre and post-contract stages).
With over 10 years’ Project Management experience working on affordable housing and regeneration projects , she has in-depth knowledge of the key factors that influence the design and construction of affordable housing, which are crucial to ensure that grant funding is maximised.
Yolanda performed the Employer’s Agent for various Housing Association clients on the St Georges Wharf project including leading the commissioning and handover process, which required careful planning to minimise disruption to residents. Other relevant project experience includes Westgate Centre, Kiln Place, Camden, Windmill Park, and Rathbone Market Phases 1, 2&3.
As the regional Head of Career Development , Yolanda makes sure that our events offer members value to our members and partners.
Rachel Ricketts, Diversity Champion
Rachel is a Quantity Surveyor working for St George PLC (Berkeley Group).
After graduating from the University of Birmingham with a Civil Engineering Degree in 2010 Rachel decided to embark on a career in Finance working for PwC. Whilst there Rachel gain invaluable understanding of the financial operations of a business through her role as an Auditor. Rachel also pursued her interest in Diversity/Inclusion whilst working with the Firm, joining the PwC Gender Diversity Team that had been set up to look at issues such as the low level of women entering both the Firm and the Financial Sector.
After leaving PwC Rachel decided to re-enter the Construction Industry and joined the Commercial Team at Bellway Homes North London. Rachel worked for Bellway for almost four years as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor, independently managing three Residential Developments, with a total of over 300 homes in Stevenage, High Wycombe and West Drayton. Whilst at Bellway, Rachel also completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Surveying with the University of Reading in 2016.
Rachel now works for St George PLC as a Quantity Surveyor and is very excited by the prospect of further expanding her career with one of the most prestigious Residential Developers in the UK.
Rachel is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion and aims to contribute to the positive change in the Construction Sector. This interest in Diversity led her to join NAWIC in 2016 and she jump straight into the Regional Committee. Rachel is also a member of the Property People’s Network(PPN) and MATRICS.
Beth McManus, Events Co-ordinator
Beth is a solicitor in Trowers & Hamlins' Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Team, which she joined upon qualification in 2012 having trained with the firm. Beth specialises in contentious construction and has also worked on numerous commercial disputes.
Beth has experience in a range of contentious construction work, including High Court litigation in the Technology and Construction Court and various forms of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation, negotiation and adjudication.She works with employers, main contractors, sub-contractors and local authorities on disputes of varying sizes and complexity.
Beth has been a member of NAWIC since March 2013 and part of the London and South East sub-committee since November 2015.
Martyna Kielbasa, Site Visits Co-Ordinator
Martyna is an experienced Project Architect who gained her RIBA Part III qualification in 2013 at Westminster Univiersity in London, her alma mater.
Originally from Poland, Martyna has built up her experience working in the UK on a wide range of projects including office refurbishments, student accommodation, private residential and large mixed-use developments.
Having worked as an architect under both Traditional and Design and Build contracts, her involvement has varied from early design stages to delivery .
Martyna's main interest lies on housing and urban design as well as in the deferent construction techniques and materials used in contemporary buildings.
Martyna is a member of The London and South East regional committee where she is in-charge of organising our site visits. At NAWIC, we consider that site visits are a vital part of the work we do for that they reconnect us with the purpose/end product.
Martina is also part of the FLUID mentoring programme.
Eirini Garoufalia, Head of Education
Eirini is a qualified architect working for Capita.
With over four years working experience, as well as a qualified architect, Eirini holds a Masters in International Planning and Sustainable Development, an RTPI accredited course for which she obtained a Distinction.
Her personal projects explore the relationship between the buildings and their context, and the role of people in the development of architecture and cities. She is a great supporter of architecture as a way to communicate with each other and finds the way that people can be stakeholders in the built environment that surrounds them fascinating.
For Eirini, each site should be approached as a part of the city which needs to promote social and environmental sustainability.
Given her interest in public and institutional projects, especially schools, it is not a surprise that she is current Regional Head of Education at NAWIC.
Rumana Begum, Education
Rumana is a Quantity Surveyor who has been in both Skanska UK Ltd, a Main Contractor and the Construction industry for just over 2 years.
She is working for Skanska’s Building LSE operating unit and is currently on the Battersea Powerstation project.
Rumana has recently completed her Masters in Quantity Surveying at Kingston University and is doing her RICS. Her first degree was in engineering which she achieved at Queen Mary’s University of London, from there Rumana went onto working for the UK’s Health & Social Care Regulatory bodies for a couple of years until she decided to pursue her career in construction.
Rumana is a STEM Ambassador, who wants to promote and educate the youth of their career opportunities they can pursue in construction & engineering.
Past Committee memebers and NAWIC Ambassadors:
Stephanie Geesink, Trowers & Hamlins, Events Organiser 2015-2017
Emma Boura, Skanska, Events Organiser 2016-2017
Melanie Relf, Principal at Mira Architects, Regional Chair 2012-2013