Jacek Purchla

Jacek is a Polish architectural historian and economist. After completing his studies at the Krakow University of Economics (UEK), he obtained a doctorate in art history from the Jagiellonian University in 1983. He is now a professor in both institutions. He heads the Department of Economic and Social History and the Department of Cultural Heritage and Urban Studies of UEK, as well as the Department of European Heritage at the Jagiellonian University. Member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the founder of the Krakow International Cultural Center, of which he was the director until 2018. From 2000 to 2016, he chaired the Council for the Protection of Monuments of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Jacek Purchla is also a member of several associations and international organizations related to heritage, including Europa Nostra, the International Committee of Art History and the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on the theory and philosophy of conservation and restoration. He is the author of several publications in Polish on Krakow's architecture and heritage. Since 2015, Jacek Purchla has been President of the Polish National Commission for UNESCO. In 2017, he chaired the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee in Krakow.

The following audio excerpts come from an interview with Jacek Purchla by Christina Cameron in May 2018 in Krakow. The interviewee recounts his experience as Chair of the World Heritage Committee, his efforts to promote a return to the original purpose of the Convention and his willingness to promote the voice of civil society in the discussions.

UNESCO, World Heritage Oral Archives, Canada Research Chair on Built Heritage, University of Montreal, audio interview of Jacek Purchla by Christina Cameron and Katarzyna Piotrowska, Krakow, Poland, 10 May 2018.