Cyprus

Athena Aristotelous-Cleridou

Cyprus

Athena Aristotelous-Cleridou holds a professional degree in architecture from the National Technical University of Athens (1977), as well as a postgraduate degree in town planning from Oxford Brookes University (1982).  She has been employed at the Cyprus Ministry of the Interior’s Department of Town Planning and Housing since 1978, where she has worked, among other areas, on spatial planning projects, development control and housing policy.  During this time she substantially contributed to the formulation of the policies for architectural heritage and to the designation and management of listed buildings and the introduction of relevant innovative funding schemes.  In 1995 she was appointed as Head of the Conservation of Cultural Heritage Unit – department responsible for the documentation, inventory and designation of architectural heritage, as well as the authorisation, monitoring and subsidisation of relevant restoration work.  She has also served (1995-2011) on the Council of Europe’s Committees (CD-PAT, CD-PATEP) and on the Bureau of the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (2009-2011), as well as on other various national committees, networks and NGOs related to heritage and spatial planning. Since 2012 Athena Aristotelous-Cleridou is the Director of the Department of Town Planning and Housing.

State Heritage Authority website: http://www.moi.gov.cy/moi/tph/tph.nsf/