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2003 UNESCO Heritage Awards

Award Regulations

Article 1 - Objective


The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage 2003 Awards recognize the achievement of individuals, organizations or companies in the conservation/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. Public-private partnership projects such as historic towns, urban quarter and rural settlements where the essential elements are more than 50 years old are also eligible.


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 plaque for five selected entries receiving an “Award of Merit”
d.  a plaque for a number of entries receiving an “Honorable Mention” 


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


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


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.


Projects financed, owned and/or undertaken wholly by government entities are not eligible.


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 Selection Panel shall be composed of
a.  1 representative from UNESCO, and
b.  6-8 international conservation experts renowned for their knowledge of conservation in the Asia-Pacific Region. 


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:

The following factors will also be considered: 
g.  how well any added 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. Buildings must be privately owned or leased, and restoration must be the result of private initiative or a public-private partnership. The works must have been completed within the last 10 years and before the announcement date of the awards (i.e. the project must have been completed after October 1992 and before October 2002). 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 2003.


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 plaques and 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. Entry materials will not be returned.


One or more entries may be submitted by the same individual or institution.


Article 8 – Announcement and Presentation


Winners of the Awards will be announced in September 2003. 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 2003 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 by UNESCO. Additional plaques may be ordered at cost.


Article 9 - Entry materials to be submitted


Entry Form 
Each entry must be submitted with an official entry form together with the following material.



  • Required: location plan, site plan, floor plans and sections, showing pre- and post-restoration condition. All alterations/new additions should be clearly marked in color.
  • Optional: elevation drawings.
  • All drawings should be reduced to A4 size.



  • A minimum of 15 high-resolution color photographic prints measuring 5” x 7”.
    • A minimum of 6 pairs of pre- and post-restoration photos, including interior and exterior views and the overall appearance of the building.
    • Photographs should also illustrate the restoration project, including materials and techniques used in conservation.
  • All photographs must be clearly labeled. Location of photographs should be indicated on a floor plan. 


Project Description (in English) 
A report of 6-8 pages (A4 sheets) should describe in detail each of the following points:

  • synopsis of project (2 paragraphs maximum)
  • maps showing location of project in neighborhood, in city, in country
  • project’s goals and objectives (client’s brief)
  • the context and historical background of the building
  • the reconstruction/conservation programme and time-frame
  • project size (in square meters) and cost (in US $)
  • the methodology of restoration
  • use of appropriate building/artisan techniques and materials
  • issues of conservation/restoration considered and justifications for solutions
  • changes made to building (repairs and additions), and relationship of new to old
  • if restoration involved changing original use, rationale for changing use
  • lessons learned
  • present condition and use
  • heritage/protection status of the property
  • mobilization of financial support and regulatory framework of project
  • if project is a public-private initiative, contributions of each partner should be clearly indicated
  • viability of project (provision for future use and maintenance)
  • key stakeholders and involvement of local community in project
  • project’s contribution to its surrounding environment and community
  • significance of project
  • additional points demonstrating how the project meets the nine criteria in Article 6 

The points of the project description should be well documented. A sample report format is available from the UNESCO office or download from this web site. If possible, please submit any text of the entry in electronic format (i.e. on diskette or CD-rom) as well as hard copy.


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.


Additional Materials 
Additional supporting documentation may be submitted. Slides, CD-roms, videos, articles are all accepted and welcome.