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.

Simone Mizzi
Dedicated service by individuals or organisations
Jury Member
Malta

Simone Mizzi has worked as a volunteer in the field of heritage and environmental conservation from an early age, and in particular with Din l-Art Helwa (The National Trust of Malta). Her father, Judge Maurice Caruana founded the organisation in 1965. Working in the retail sector in both Italy and Malta, she gained first hand experience in the restoration and conversion of many listed buildings in historic town centres working within the restrictions of conservation legislation.

In 2000 she became Communication Officer for Din l-Art Helwa also serving on Council. Between August 2002 and July 2008 Simone also served as Deputy Chairperson of Heritage Malta, helping to evolve Malta’s Museums Department into the new state agency responsible for the protection and management of Malta’s heritage sites and museums, which included the assimilation of curatorial and restoration personnel. Simone was elected Vice President of Din l-Art Helwa in February 2010 and Executive President in 2011 heading its Executive team, as well as the organisation’s 120 volunteers. This voluntary organisation continues to spearhead the conservation of Malta’s built and natural heritage saving 40 national monuments and holding 17 of them in trust. Since 2012, Simone has served on the Council of Europa Nostra and since 2013 as a member of the Jury for Category 3, the prestigious award for Dedicated Service.

Laurent Lévi-Strauss
Dedicated service by individuals or organisations
Jury Member
France

Laurent Lévi-Strauss is presently Chargé de Mission to the President of the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris. He is also member of the Commission of Ethics for the Museums of the City of Geneva.

During some 15 years, he worked at UNESCO, namely as Deputy Director of the Division of Cultural Heritage, where he supervised the implementation of numerous international safeguarding projects, for example in Angkor, Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia and Herzegovina, among others, and later the operational and juridical activities for the support to museums and the safeguarding of cultural objects, including the implementation of several international conventions. Previously, he worked at the French Ministry of Culture, as Deputy-Director of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, then as Director of the Office of the President of the public television channel Antenne 2 (now France 2). He holds a diploma from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris and a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Paris X. He has published several books and articles concerning cultural heritage and its preservation.

Aleksandra Kapetanović
Dedicated service by individuals or organisations
Jury Member
Montenegro

Aleksandra Kapetanović is a conservation architect from Montenegro having studied Architecture at Belgrade University, Serbia, a postgraduate course in Architectural Conservation Studies at Academia Istropolitana Nova, in Svaty Jur, Slovak Republic and finally a Master in New Technologies for Valorisation and Management of Mediterranean Heritage at the European University Centre for Cultural Heritage in Ravello, Italy. S

he is one of the founders of the non-governmental organisation EXPEDITIO – Centre for Sustainable Spatial Development based in Kotor, Montenegro which was established in 1997. In her work in the NGO sector she has co-ordinated architectural workshops, restoration work camps,campaigns, network-building and research regarding cultural heritage and architectural conservation and implemented cultural heritage assessments, feasibility studies, management plans. She primarily focuses on cultural landscape and public participation in cultural heritage protection.

Paolo Vitti
Research
Jury Member
Italy

Paolo Vitti has a PhD in the History of Architecture from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece with a degree and specialization degree in Architecture and Restoration of Monuments from the Sapienza University of Rome. He has been studying and working within Cultural Heritage since 1984, with particular interest in archaeological and medieval monuments in Italy, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus. He is professor of history of ancient architecture at University of Roma Tre and at the Arezzo study abroad program of the University of Rochester, NY.

He has authored many articles concerning restoration, museology, the history of architecture and ancient construction. His research on Roman vaulted construction in the Peloponnese has been awarded the Grand Prix in Category Research of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Award and the 17th “L’Erma di Bretschneider” international award for archaeology. He also undertook the restoration of the Armenian Church and Monastery in Nicosia, Cyprus, a project which won a European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Award in 2015 in Category Conservation. He has carried out research, feasibility studies and supervised projects on a national and international level, notably for the UNDP-PFF and Italian Ministry of Culture.

Georgios Toubekis
Research
Jury Member
Greece

Georgios Toubekis is a researcher at the Aachen Center for Documentation and Conservation at the Faculty of Architecture, RWTH Aachen University. He has a wide range of experience in designing, planning and monitoring conservation projects in the Cultural Heritage field.

He has lectured at the University of Aachen and has experience in conceptualising and executing training activities in field projects. He is an expert in the recording and documentation of cultural heritage sites and the use of remote sensing, laser scanning, GIS and database systems. He has been particularly active with the UNESCO Division of Culture, ICOMOS in recording endangered heritage sites and coordinating conservation projects, for instance the technical documentation of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jam and the improvement of the management system, photo documentation and damage assessment of the the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley in Afghanistan. Mr. Toubekis has published many articles regarding documentation methods in conservation projects and has taken part in numerous international conferences on the issue.

Jean-Louis Luxen
Research
Jury Member
Belgium

Jean-Louis Luxen was Administrateur Genéral at the Department of Cultural Affairs in Belgium. His experience in the field of Cultural Heritage is extensive and is evidenced at a national, European and Global level.

He has served as president of the Cultural Heritage Committee of the Council of Europe and has headed delegations for the Grenada Convention on Cultural Architecture in 1985 and the Malta Convention on Archaeology in 1991. He was Secretary General of ICOMOS, Paris from 1993 to 2002 and was Representative of ICOMOS at the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO. Luxen is president of CHEDI (Cultural Heritage & Development International) since 2002 and was Senior Legal Expert of the Euromed Heritage Programme from 2008-2013 with the mission to strengthen the legislative and institutional framework in the partner countries. He is a graduate in Economics from Stanford University and holds a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Louvain, where he was a professor from 1976 to 2005. He has also lectured in several universities internationally.

Joanna Karmowska
Research
Jury Member
Poland

Joanna Karmowska is Senior Lecturer in Organization Studies and International Management at Oxford Brookes University in the UK and was previously a lecturer at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She has a multitude of research experience in various conservation projects, including topics such as “The impact of temporary urban interventions on physical, social and economic regeneration of cultural heritage sites” and a study on visitor management in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.

She is and has been a member of several international working groups such as the SINET Research Group “Internationalisation of SMEs from China, Denmark, India, Poland, UK and Middle East” and the SEEN Research Group “Social Economy Exchange Network”. As well as being a member of these working groups, she is a member of the Scientific Cultural Tourism Committee at ICOMOS-UK, Europa Nostra UK, the European Sociological Association and the European Group for Organizational Studies. She has published extensively in the fields of heritage and organizational studies.

Daniela Korolija Crkvenjakov
Conservation
Jury Member
Serbia

Daniela Korolija Crkvenjakov has more than 25 years of experience in the field of Conservation, having graduated from the​ Regional school for conservation and valorisation of cultural heritage, Brescia, Italy in 1989 and from the ​Faculty of Culturology, Department for conservation and restoration of paintings, Cetinje, University of Podogorica, Montenegro in 1991.

In 2012, she ​obtained​ her Ph.D. from the University of Belgrade in Multidisciplinary studies in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology which ​was ​concerned ​with conservation science and a multidisciplinary approach to the preservation of cultural heritage. Her expertise has led her to work on many complex conservation and restoration projects of high profile paintings and objects in Serbia, Hungary and Romania. Daniela has been head of the Conservation department of both the Provincial institute for the protection of cultural heritage, Novi Sad in​ Serbia and at the Gallery of Matica srpska, Novi Sad​ in​ Serbia. Since 2010 she has been Deputy Director of the Gallery of Matica srpska.

Işık Aydemir
Research
Jury Chair
Turkey

Following his graduation from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Istanbul, Işık Aydemir began his career as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Architecture of Yıldız Technical University in Istanbul. In addition to his academic research and studies at the university, he and his associates participated in a number of national and international architectural competitions winning first prize on three occasions as well as many other awards and honorable mentions. He has also designed several cultural and commercial institutions, schools and university buildings.

Elected as the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture of Yıldız Technical University in 1993, he developed many architectural research projects and exchanges with French Universities and Schools of Architecture in the field of requalification and renovation in the historical cities in Europe. In 2001, Professor Aydemir was elected as a member of the Scientific Council of Europa Nostra. He has written many articles on the history of defense systems and the re-use of castles and fortifications in Europe. In 2007 he was elected a member of the “Académie d’Architecture” in Paris as a “foreign member”. In 2010, as president of the Turkish and French Cultural Association in Istanbul, he was nominated as “Chevalier on the Order of Palmes Académiques” by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Paul Smith
Conservation
Jury Member
France

Smith is an expert in the field of industrial heritage. He studied at the University of Cambridge where he obtained a PhD in 1980 with a thesis on the political history of the Second French Republic. From 1979 to 1982 he worked as a researcher for the French national tobacco company (SEITA), and was subsequently a member of this company’s history committee “Seita, Terres d’Histoire”.

From 1983 to 1985 he was employed by the works committee of an aerospace factory in Chatillon-sous-Bagneux, where he prepared an exhibition and a publication entitled “Mémoire d’Usine” (“A Factory’s memory”). During the same period he also carried out two research projects financed by the French Ministry of Public Works on the commercial and industrial architecture of the Citroen Company. Since 1986 he has been working as a researcher for the heritage directorate of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, where he has special responsibility for industrial, engineering and transport heritage. He is the author, or co-author, of several books and articles on these themes.

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