Flavia Kiperman

WA Representative
International & National Scientific Committees Coordinator
NSC on Energy and Sustainability EC Representative
Climate Change and Cultural Heritage Working Group EC Representative
ANZ JSC on Risk Preparedness EC Representative
AI/UC PhD scholarship subcommittee member










Commencing professional life as an architect and company director running her own practice in her native Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Flavia’s immersion in cultural heritage gained momentum when she consulted on sites such as Valongo Wharf, Santa Cruz Fortress, Bonsucesso Church and the Sugar Loaf Mountain masterplan, today recognised as having Outstanding Universal Values by the World Heritage Centre. With a strong cross sector background, in these projects she found her true vocation.

One move to Australia and ten years later, today, she shares her global perspective and commitment to heritage practice as a Principal at element, where she oversees the preparation of heritage strategies, impact statements, assessments and identifies opportunities for restoration, adaptive re-use and development planning.

Flavia’s work is equal parts advisory and delivery. She is creative, committed and known for her holistic approach to resolving project challenges. She sees opportunity in educating and knowledge-sharing to foster heritage appreciation. Project highlights include writing the Cossack Townsite Conservation Management Plan – a place highly constrained by climate change; preparing the Heritage Chapter for the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia; consulting on the New Museum project and a range of private homes across the state.

Flavia was the head of Rio de Janeiro’s Institute of Architects Heritage Committee, where she worked in on a diverse range of heritage projects, and is also a member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes (ISCCL-IFLA), ICOMOS International Working Group Our Common Dignity Initiative (OCDI) – Rights-based approaches in cultural heritage and the Hybrid Landscapes Scientific Committee at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil, which makes her very confident to assess heritage values considering its broader cultural landscape. Flavia’s former role as a lecturer at Curtin University and at the University of Western Australia has given her the opportunity to continuously develop her ability to discuss conservation philosophy and current heritage debate. It has also given her the opportunity to master team coordination and share creative design. Moving countries and cultures has also shaped her ability to adapt to different environments, understand diversity and to acquire knowledge of holistic cultural matters.