Jury

We are grateful for the invaluable contribution of all the Jury Members, who every year dedicate their precious time to the careful study of all submitted projects. The selection of each year’s laureates is only possible thanks to their voluntary commitment and their outstanding expertise.

Sabine Nemec-Piguet
Research
Jury Member
Switzerland

Sabine Nemec-Piguet graduated in 1978 with a Master’s degree in Architecture from l’Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – EPFL, with a thesis on the revitalisation of an industrial quarter in the city of Geneva. Over the course of her professional career she has participated in several studies on the improvement and assessment of historical urban quarters, in, for example Yverdon and Geneva. In 1981, Sabine Nemec-Piguet became an architect – city planner in the Regional Service for Monuments and Historical Sites, in the Department of Public Works. From 2002-2008, she was the Director of the Regional Service for Monuments and Historical Sites in the state of Geneva. This was followed by the position of Director of the General Office for Heritage and Historical Sites for the state of Geneva. This agency comprises three services: the service for archaeology, the service for monuments and sites, and the service for the inventory of monuments. As such, the General Office employed 40 staff members under her leadership. Sabine Nemec-Piguet is member of the Federal Commission for Historic Monuments Preservation (Switzerland). She published numerous works, most notably on the urban and architectural development of Geneva, the legal framework of urban development, and Geneva heritage. She holds the Swiss nationality.

Miia Perkkiö
Conservation
Jury Member
Finland

Miia Perkkiö is the Head of Restoration unit of The Governing Body of Suomenlinna. She graduated in 1997 from the University of Oulu, Department of Architecture, with a Master’s degree in Architecture. In 2007 she obtained her doctorate from the same university, with a thesis on “Utilitas in restoration. The re-use of historical buildings and functional integrity”. She began her professional career as a designer, restoration and renovation specialist at Trium Arkkitehdit Oy from 2005-2018, where she among other things worked on Kulturanta, the summer residence of the President of Finland. She became the main designer in renovation projects at Arkkitehdit Davidsson Tarkela Oy, which included a project on the Helsinki City Hall. In 2013, she was the chief curator at the Finnish National Board of Antiquities, a position she held until 2015. In this capacity Miia Perkkiö was responsible for the organisation of the research, restorations and antiquarian control of Finnish most important strategic monuments. During the period stretching from 2004-2016, she was also a lecturer at the University of Oulu, treating the subject of history of architecture. Currently, she holds the position of Head of Restoration unit of the Governing Body of Suomenlinna, which is a government agency that restores, maintains and administers Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Miia Perkkiö has participated in numerous international conferences throughout all of Europe, including the in Berlin, Bologna, Ljubljana, etc. She has published over 60 articles on restoration, renovation, built-heritage and architecture in general. She acted as secretary of DOCOMOMO Suomi – Finland (International Working Party for Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement), from 2011-2014. As a restoration specialist, her main expertise covers knowledge on constructions from different periods, as well as an extended experience in building restoration and renovation methods of both traditional stone and wooden architecture.

Adrian Olivier
Conservation
Jury Member
United Kingdom

Adrian Olivier was the founding president of European Archaeological Council – Europae Archaeologiae Concilium (the network of state heritage agencies). He graduated with a BA, as well as a Phd in Archaeology from Queen’s University Belfast. Adrian retired from English Heritage in 2012 where he was Heritage Protection Director and Head of Profession for Archaeology. Prior to that he was Director of the Lancaster University Archaeology Unit following extensive early career experience as an active field archaeologist in northern England. Adrian Olivier was the founding President of the European Archaeological Council – Europae Archaeologiae Concilium (the network of state heritage agencies), and works closely with the Council of Europe and other European institutions. He has a strong interest in wetlands archaeology and maritime archaeology and is a past Chair of the Nautical Archaeological Society. Adrian continues to publish on heritage management issues and provide strategic and professional advice to organisations and agencies across Europe; he is an advisor to the EU funded Cradles of European Culture Project (Francia Media). Adrian is the Chair of the National Trust Historic Environment Advisory Group and is an honorary Professor of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Adrian Olivier has served and still serves as an expert advisor to numerous heritage organisations, most notably as the Secretary General of ICAHM, the International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management of ICOMOS. His main interests cover the public, legislative, economic and social management of heritage, including its relationship with the surrounding nature conservation. Additionally he is interested in research on Roman frontiers and the early Roman military occupation of North West England.

Piotr Gerber
Conservation
Jury Member
Poland

Piotr Gerber graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Wrocław University of Technology in 1982. In 1996, he obtained a PhD in Science (doctoral dissertation on the development of industrial architecture). He is the author of more than 60 academic publications both in Poland and abroad and is co-author of two encyclopaedias on industrial architecture, the history of technology and the protection of industrial heritage, more specifically, the renewal of heritage hospitals in Poland. He is an architect and historian with expertise in industrial architectural heritage and technical heritage. He is involved, as an architect and manager, in hospital renovation projects, including the renovation of historic hospitals. Piotr Gerber is a member of the Monument Protection Council affiliated with the Ministry of Culture and a regular member and managing member of international organisations related to the conservation of cultural heritage (TICCIH; President of Polish TICCIH Committee; member of Industrial and Engineering Heritage Committee of Europa Nostra; German Society for History of Hospitals; Association for Industrial Archaeology).
Piotr Gerber is the founder of the Museum of Industry and Railway in Silesia (2004) and the Foundation for the Protection of Silesian Industrial Heritage (2007). His activities in the foundation include the rescue of several industrial facilities that are important to the economic history of Silesia and their adaptation into museums (Zinc Mill in Katowice, www.walcownia.org, Flour Mill in Dzierżoniów, Locomotive Shed in Dzierżoniów, Porcelain Factory in Tułowice and Landed Estate in Piotrowice). One of the objectives of the Foundation is to construct a system of cooperating museums representing the major historical industries in Silesia.

Klimis Aslandis
Conservation
Jury Member
Greece

Klimis Aslanidis studied architecture at the National Technical University of Athens (1998) and specialized in the field of conservation of historic buildings, obtaining the title of MA in Conservation Studies at the University of York (2000). He also holds a PhD from the department of architecture of the University of Patras (2014). His dissertation examines Byzantine architecture on the island of Naxos from Early Christian times to the Middle Byzantine period. He has also conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Patras, focusing on the Late Byzantine architecture of the Maleas peninsula, in southeastern Peloponnese (2017-18). Klimis Aslanidis has published several papers, mainly on Byzantine and Post Byzantine architecture. He has participated in the design and supervision of numerous conservation projects for ancient, medieval, post-medieval and modern monuments in Greece, including churches, among which Athens Cathedral, monasteries, castles and houses. He has also worked for several years (2003-2015) at the conservation works of the Greek Ministry of Culture on the southern slope of the Acropolis, where he was mainly responsible for the restoration of the auditorium of the ancient theatre of Dionysus. He has participated in projects of Tense Architecture Network that won prizes in architectural competitions and in the design and supervision of the conservation of the Byzantine church of Hagia Kyriaki on Naxos, which won a European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award (Grand Prix, 2018). He is a member of the Council for Architectural Heritage of Elliniki Etairia (Society for the Protection of the Environment and Cultural Heritage) and the board of the Christian Archaeological Society. He was assistant professor at Gediz University, Izmir (2016) and has taught in postgraduate courses at several universities in Greece. He was recently elected assistant professor at the School of Architecture of the Technical University of Crete.

Maka Dvalishvili
Education, training and awareness-raising
Jury Chair
Georgia

Mariam Maka Dvalishvili has an impressive record of expertise and dedication to Georgian arts, crafts and culture. While attaining a global educational background in Fine Arts, Art History (Georgian Academy of Fine Art, Tbilisi), Technical Aesthetics (USSR Design Institute, Moscow), Arts Marketing (McGowan Fine Arts, Concord), Arts Preservation (USIA/Meridian International Center) and Arts Management (University of Turin), Dvalishvili has continually worked to raise awareness and promote Georgian studies and Georgian art and culture. Her expertise on this subject has been called upon in the world of academia as a Fulbright visiting lecturer, and later as adjunct Professor, at Columbia University, New York. She leads numerous international projects in the field of cultural heritage preservation, in galleries and museums in the roles of artistic director, curator and consultant and at institutional level as an advisor on cultural affairs to the Permanent Mission of Georgia to the United Nations, to name just a few examples. Dvalishvili was a lecturer in Art and Culture Management and Administration at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts and is currently President of the Georgian Arts & Culture Center. The educational programme of the latter was a laureate of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards in 2017 in the category Education, Training & Awareness-raising.

Natalia Moussienko
Dedicated service by individuals or organisations
Jury Member
Ukraine

Dr. Natalia Moussienko Natalia Moussienko, is the member of the Europa Nostra Council and the Internal Advisory Committee. She is a Board Member of the NGO “Initiative for St. Andrew’s Passage” in Kiev, Ukraine which has been a Europa Nostra member organisation since 2014. Dr. Moussienko is currently a leading research fellow in the Modern Art Research Institute of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine in Kiev. She studied philosophy at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev, where she obtained her master’s degree and subsequently at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine where she received her doctorate. She is the author of numerous articles and five books on the theory and history of culture, cultural diplomacy, urbanism and cinema that have been published internationally. Moussienko initiated and organized five cultural diplomacy forums in in Kiev (in 2015-2019) including “Culture Heritage matters to Cultural Diplomacy” in 2018 in the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Dr. Moussienko is a voice for cultural heritage on a national level, writing for national magazines Ukrainian Culture, Monuments of Ukraine as well as a national weekly newspaper, Culture and Life. In 2018, Natalia Moussienko received a State award of Ukraine – Honoured Artist of Ukraine for her achievements in the arts. In 2016, the Academy of Art of Ukraine awarded a Gold Medal to Dr. Moussienko for her achievements in cultural diplomacy and cultural heritage. She has been recognized internationally for her work, having been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2011-2012 for her research, “Public Art in the City’s Identity Formation: American Experience in Ukrainian Realities” along with a Senior Grant of the Ministry of Culture of Poland in 2017 for her research “Polish Artists and the Ukrainian Maidan”. Furthermore, Dr. Moussienko is a Head of the Board of the Ukrainian Fulbright Circle –the Fulbright Program Alumni Association. She is a member of the National Union of Filmmakers of Ukraine, Ukrainian Cinema Academy, and the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESСI).

Etienne Poncelet
Research
Jury Chair
France

Etienne Poncelet, is Architecte en Chef des Monuments Historiques, responsible for the “Arc de Triomphe” and the “VIIIe arondissement” of Paris, for the cities of Beauvais and Senlis and the estates of Chantilly and Pierrefonds, as well as for the French Antilles. As an architect he has restored over 300 monuments, and on the administrative level is the General Inspector for the historic monuments of Aquitaine and Normandy. He is also a corresponding member of the “Académie d’Architecture”. Internationally he has been active as President of the French ICOMOS Committee between 1997 and 2001, and as Vice-President of the Scientific Council of Europa Nostra since 1989.

Jacques de Saussure
Conservation
Jury Member
Switzerland

Jacques de Saussure was a Managing Partner of the Pictet Group from 1987 to 2016, and acted as Senior Managing Partner from 2010 until his retirement in June 2016. He remains Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Banque Pictet & Cie SA. He is also active as Chairman of the Board of two start-up companies, and sits on the Board of the Swiss Bankers Association. Jacques is a member of the Committee of the Board of Directors of the Swiss Bankers Association, having previously served on the Board of the Swiss Stock Exchange and SIX Group AG, as well as its subsidiary EUREX AG.
Jacques attended Collège Calvin in Geneva, where he graduated with a degree in Greek and Latin. He went on to study at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, where he earned a degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. He also has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Among his many other activities, Jacques has a keen personal interest in the restoration of historic buildings. As part of his family heritage, he has the privilege of owning two houses of great historical and architectural significance, and over the years has been actively involved in their restoration. This has provided a first-hand opportunity to gain a sound knowledge and true appreciation of this intricate process.

Markus Hilgert
Conservation
Jury Member
Germany

Prof. Dr. Markus Hilgert is a specialist in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Cultural Heritage Research. He is the current Secretary-General of Kulturstiftung der Länder. Previous to this post he was Director of the Ancient Near East Museum at the Pergamonmuseum in Berlin from 2014 to 2018 and from 2007 until 2014, Hilgert held a chair for Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Heidelberg University. Hilgert is the coordinator of the national research alliance ILLICID focusing on the illicit traffic with cultural property in Germany and the director of the “Center for Digital Cultural Heritage in Museums” (CEDICUM) at the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. In addition, Hilgert is the coordinator of the national program “museum4punkt0 – Digital Strategies for the Museum of the Future” under the auspices of the Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media.
Hilgert is a member of several governing bodies and advisory boards, including the German Commission for UNESCO (since 2016), the Foundation Board of the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (ALIPH; since 2017), the Advisory Group of the Cultural Protection Fund of the British Council (since 2017), and the Disaster Risk Management Committee of the International Council of Museums (since 2017). In 2016, Hilgert was named the “National Correspondent for the Blue Shield in Germany” and was elected founding President of Blue Shield Germany in 2017. He is also the Vice President of the German Association for Archeology. Hilgert holds honorary professorships at Heidelberg University, Marburg University, and Berlin University (Freie Universität).

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