Distinguished Faculty Lecture
Raquel Rolnik is an architect and urban planner, with over 30 years of experience in planning and urban land management and an extensive background in the implementation and evaluation of housing and urban policies. Based in São Paulo, she is a professor in the faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo and is the author of several books and articles on urban and housing issues. In her career, she has held various government positions, including Director of the Planning Department of the city of São Paulo and National Secretary for Urban Programs of the Brazilian Ministry of Cities. She has also worked as an urban policy coordinator for the Polis Institute. Rolnik has advised national and local governments on urban policy reform and institutional development and has acted as a consultant for countries and international cooperation agencies. In May 2008, at the seventh session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), she was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living and on the right to non-discrimination in this context. Until the end of May 2014, she was the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing for the HRC.