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2001 UNESCO Heritage Awards

Award Regulations

Article 1


The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage 2001 Awards are a means of recognizing the best efforts of individuals and/or organizations or companies in their achievement and contribution in the conservation and/or restoration of a structure or a series of structures in the private sector which is/are more than 50 years old. Houses, commercial, cultural, religious, industrial or institutional buildings, gardens and bridges, for example, are all eligible for consideration.


Article 2 – Value and Frequency


The Award, which is established for an indeterminate period, shall be awarded on an annual basis.


The Awards shall consist of

a. a plaque for the entry receiving the “Award of Excellence”.

b. a plaque for two selected entries receiving an “Award of Distinction”

c. a certificate for five selected entries receiving an “Award of Merit".


The quantum and form of award shall be varied from time to time at the discretion of UNESCO.


Article 3 – Eligibility


Entries for buildings may be submitted by the registered land and building owner, registered lessee, or conservation consultant, architect or designer, any of whom would have had to be involved in the conservation / restoration process, preferably through the whole course of work.


The citation on the award will be made out in the name of the entry.


Article 4 – Selection of Award Recipients


The award recipients shall be selected on the proposal of an internal panel.


Article 5 – The Selection Panel


The Panel shall be composed of

a. 2 representatives from UNESCO, and

b. 5 international conservation experts renowned for their knowledge of conservation, 4 from the Asia-Pacific Region and 1 from the World Community.


The UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific shall appoint the Panel for the full period of the Awards process.


Article 6 – Criteria for the Awards


The Award recipients will have conclusively demonstrated excellence in:

a. the understanding of the issues of conservation/restoration in relation to the cultural, social, historical and architectural significance of the building or buildings;

b. the interpretation of that social, historical and architectural significance;

c. the employment of appropriate building and artisan techniques;

d. the use of appropriate materials;

e. the manner in which the process and the final product contribute to the surrounding environment and the local community’s cultural and historical continuum;

f. the influence of the project on the surrounding environment and community.


The following factors will also be considered:

g. how well any added new elements or creative technical solutions respect the character and inherent spatial quality of the building or buildings;

h. the technical consistency, complexity and sensitivity of the project methodology;

i. the ongoing viability of the project and provision for its future use and maintenance.


Article 7 - Conditions of Entry


The conserved or restored building or buildings must be over 50 years old and must be privately owned. The works must have been completed before the date of announcement of the awards and within the last 10 years (i.e. the project must have been completed some time after October 1990 and before October 2000). The project must also have been occupied or put to viable use for at least one year.


Each entry must be submitted to UNESCO before 31 March 2001.


Each entry must be submitted with an official entry form together with the following material:



A selection of key drawings including at a minimum a location plan, a site plan, and floor plans and optionally including sections and elevations, all reduced to A4 size.



A minimum of 10 photographic prints measuring 5” x 7” (colour or black and white). There must be at least 2 photographs of the building or buildings prior to conservation/ restoration works (one of the exterior and one of the interior). Photographs should fully illustrate the restoration project, including the materials and techniques used in conservation, as well as the overall appearance of the building before and after. All photographs must be clearly labeled.


Project Description

A report of not more than five A4 sheets should describe:

• the project’s goals and objectives (client’s brief)

• the context and historical background of the building

• the reconstruction and conservation programme and time-frame

• the materials and methodology of restoration

• issues of conservation/restoration considered and justification for solutions

• key stakeholders in the project and the impact of the project on the community

• discoveries


The report should also specify:

• cost of the project, in US$ equivalent, and project size in square meters

• changes made to the building, both repairs and new construction

• present condition and state of use of the property

• funding provisions for post-restoration maintenance

• heritage and/or protection status, if any, of the property

• involvement of the local community in the project


The points of the project description should be well documented. A sample report format is available from the UNESCO office or the Awards programme web site.


Occupant Comments

A brief statement from the building’s occupants describing their evaluation of the restored structure’s usefulness and functionality and their impressions of its contribution to the community’s historic continuum must accompany the entry.

A form (optional) for these comments is available from the UNESCO RACAP office or the Awards programme web site.


Owner Consent

The written consent of the building or property owner must be obtained prior to entry. This consent should be submitted with the entry on either the owner’s letterhead or the Owner Consent Form available from the Awards programme web site or the UNESCO RACAP office.


Additional Materials

Additional supporting documentation may be submitted. If possible, please submit any text of the entry in electronic format (i.e. on diskette) as well as hard copy.


Submission of an entry will be taken to imply the granting of permission to publish all material and particulars of the successful schemes, including the jury report, without charge to UNESCO.


The wording of certificates will be based strictly on the details given on the entry form. All submitting persons or firms will be responsible for delivery of their respective entries. UNESCO will take reasonable precautions to ensure that the entries are not damaged while in our care. Entry materials will not be returned.


Anyone may submit one or more entries.


Article 8 – Announcement and Presentation


Winners of the Awards will be announced in September 2001.The person submitting the entry will be notified in strict confidence if their project is selected for an Award. UNESCO reserves the right to disqualify any entry which is subject to unauthorized prior disclosure.


Certificates and plaques will be presented to, and will record, the names of the project, the architect/designer, building owner and the contractor of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage 2001 Award winning projects. When appropriate they will also list those consultants who were key to the realization of the project. Only one plaque per award will be presented.