27.09.2012 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Jurema Machado is the new president of Iphan

Jurema de Sousa Machado leaves the Coordination of the Culture Sector at UNESCO in Brazil, a position she had held since January 2002, to become the new president of the National Institute for Historical and Artistic Heritage (Iphan). Her nomination was published on the Federal Official Gazette (Diário Oficial da União – DOU) on Wednesday, 26 September. She will be inducted on the course on the following days.

The architect Jurema Machado, will step into her new role at Iphan, an institute with which she had been maintaining straight ties as part of their Advisory Board since 2008. She will take over from architect Luiz Fernando de Almeida, who had previously held office at Iphan since February 2006.

Luiz Fernando de Almeida leaves the presidency of Iphan by request. He has headed the institution since 2006, with a mandate marked by innovation of the concept of Cultural Heritage and an expansion of the institute’s representation all over the country.

The results of his work are exemplified by the regulation of inspection procedures, project approvals and the institutionalization of the title Cultural Landscape as a preservation instrument. Added to that, Superintendencies were implemented on all States of the federation and the PAC Cidades Históricas (Growth Acceleration Program for Historical Cities) was launched. During his time, 111 assets were listed and 18 intangible cultural assets were registered, many of which in the North and Mid-West.

The new president of Iphan

Jurema Machado was born in Divinópolis, Minas Gerais. She holds a diploma in Architecture and Urbanism issued in 1980 by the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). She began her career in Belo Horizonte at PLAMBEL (Planning Office for the Metropolitan Area of Belo Horizonte).

She was the director of Planning and Heritage in Ouro Preto (MG) between 1993 and 1994, where she coordinated the elaboration of the city’s Master Plan. While still in Minas Gerais, Jurema Machado was president of the State Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage (Iepha). Between the years of 1999 and 2001, she took part in the conception of the Monumenta Programme and became Coordinator of Culture at UNESCO in Brazil in 2002.
(Source: Iphan Press Office)

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