Meet the 2019 Loeb Fellows: Washington Fajardo

As president of the Rio World Heritage Institute and the Mayor’s Special Advisor for Urban Issues from 2009 to 2016, Washington Fajardo created policies and finance solutions to preserve heritage, regenerate buildings and places, and improve public services in Rio de Janeiro. His innovative initiatives revived cultural heritage in the city’s waterfront renewal and supported private owners to rehabilitate historic buildings.
Fajardo created the Carioca Design Center and the African Heritage Historical and Archaeological Trail. He has won awards for Ver-O-Peso urban renewal in Belém in the Amazon Region, Pavuna Carioca Arena, and the New Imperator, an old movie theater converted to a multipurpose cultural center. He’s author of “Urban Transformations” and “Avenues of Rio”, also kept a weekly column about urban issues in O Globo newspaper.
Recently, in 2021, Washington Fajardo was appointed as Rio’s City Planning Commissioner and President of Pereira Passos Institute for Urbanism.

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