Flavia Kiperman

Vice President

WA Representative
Membership Secretary
Annual Report Co-ordinator
US Internships Co-ordinator
AI/UC PhD Scholarship Sub-Committee
Climate Change & Cultural Heritage Working Group EC Representative
NSC on Environment and Sustainability EC Representative
ANZ Joint CH Risk Preparedness EC Representative










Flavia is a company Director and Principal of the heritage team at Element Advisory Pty Ltd in Western Australia, where she leads the team in preparing heritage strategies, impact statements, heritage assessments and identifying opportunities in preservation, adaptive reuse, and development planning. She has a strong cross sector background, commencing her professional life as an architect and company director running her own practice in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She consulted on sites such as Valongo Wharf, Santa Cruz Fortress, Bonsucesso Church and the Sugar Loaf Mountain, all today recognised as having Outstanding Universal Values by the World Heritage Centre.

In addition to Flavia’s international experience, she has significant experience in Western Australian cultural heritage projects, addressing the various aspects of heritage with equity and balance, including Cossack, Wadjemup/Rottnest Island, Barmup Strawberry Hill, and Burrgungun in Broome. She focuses on appropriate models and methodologies for heritage management processes, including engaging with Traditional Owners first and foremost, and including our shared history in the assessment of cultural heritage places.

She currently sits on the Cities of Armadale, Fremantle, Belmont and Canning Design Advisory Committees and is the Heritage Advisor for the Cities of Busselton and Subiaco, due to her experience in design, design review, and thorough knowledge of local, state, national and international heritage legislation. She advises Councils and city officers on policies and intent toward best heritage practices, collaborates and provides independent advice on heritage matters, and on the impact of development on heritage places. She also attends State Administrative Tribunal hearings and mediations where necessary to provide heritage advice as an Expert Witness. In 2020 she was part of the ICOMOS International Task Force for the preparation of the new World Heritage Impact Assessment Framework. She is a member of the ICOMOS National Scientific Committees on Energy and Sustainability and Cultural Landscapes and represent Australia on the ICOMOS International Climate Change and Rights Based Approaches Working Groups, with particular interest in cultural landscapes. When Flavia is not swimming, she is also a member of the Curtin School of Design and the Built Environment Advisory Board.