September 28, 2005 (Wed)
Lerner, Jaime
(President of UIA, Brazil)
"The Sustainable City"

Biography of Mr. Jaime Lerner
Mr. Jaime Lerner, born in Curitiba on December 17, 1937, is an architect and urban planner, graduated in Architecture and Urban Planning from the School of Architecture of the Federal University of Parana in 1964.

Responsible for the creation and structuring of the Institute of Urban Planning and Research of Curitiba (IPPUC) in 1965, he participated in the preparation of the Master Plan for Curitiba that resulted in the physical, economic and cultural transformation of the city.

He was Mayor of Curitiba for three terms: 1971/75, 1979/83 and 1989/92.

During his first term as mayor of Curitiba, from 1971 to 1975, Lerner consolidated the urban transformation and implemented the Integrated Mass Transport System, worldwide acknowledged for its efficiency, quality and low cost. In the two subsequent terms, in addition to the leading-edge urban planning actions, Mr. Lerner intensified an encompassing program that resulted in social advances, ranking Curitiba among the capitals with the highest quality of life in the world. Elected Governor of the State of Parana in 1994, Mr. Lerner promoted the greatest economic and social transformation in the history of the State. Supported by a productive investment attraction policy, Parana consolidated its position as the new industrial hub in the country, boasting investments of US$ 20 billion between 1995 and 2001. Emulating the successful experience of Curitiba, during his first term Mr. Jaime Lerner tackled transport, land use, education, health, sanitation, recreation and industrialization as a whole.

This concern, particularly intense in social, educational and child care matters, resulted in Parana receiving the Child and Peace Award from the UNICEF for the "From the Street to School", "Protecting Life" and "Teacher's University" programs. Re-elected governor in 1998, his second term ended in 2002.

In July 2002, Mr. Lerner was elected president of International Union of Architects, for a three yeras term. He named his term Celebration of Cities, working for a worldwide movement in favor of improvement of the cities in order to bring better quality of life to people.

Main Awards
1990 The highest United Nations Environmental Award - granted by the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), New York
1990 The Annual Award of the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC), Washington, D.C.
1990 Expo '90 - Osaka, Japan - two awards for the high level of the environmental conservation programs
1991 The Habitat "Scroll of Honor"
1991 The "Tree of Learning" from the International Union for Nature Conservation
1991 U.S. Worldwatch Institute - Prize for Curitiba's mass transport system
1992 ECO' 92 - International Council for Local Initiatives, a UN agency
1996 UNICEF - Child and Peace
1997 Thomas Jefferson Medal from the University of Virginia (USA )
2000 Principal 2000 Prince Claus Award - Urban Heroes (Holand)
2001 Pioneer 2001 - International Council for Caring Communities (USA)
2001 The 2001 World Technology Award for Transportation - The National Museum of Science and Industry (London)
2002 International Union of Architects - Sir Robert Matthew Prize, for improvement in the quality of human settlements
2003 Presidential Medal from the American Institute of Architects
2004 Volvo Environment Prize 2004 (Sweden)