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.

Michiel Purmer
Jury Member

Michiel Purmer is a historical geographer and a specialist on cultural landscapes, historic parks and gardens, archaeology and military heritage. He also has an overall knowledge of architectural heritage and is a broad specialist on landscape and cultural heritage.

He works at Natuurmonumenten, where he works in the broad spectrum of conserving, managing and redeveloping cultural heritage. Recently, he has written the chapter on changes in the landscape for the catalogue of the exhibition ‘Holland at its Best’ about The Hague School landscape paintings in the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. He is also currently working on finishing his dissertation on cultural heritage in nature conservation. He often writes publications about cultural heritage and regularly speaks at symposia and conferences on this topic.

Axel Mykleby
Jury Member

Axel Mykleby has more than 35 years’ experience with cultural heritage management at international, national, regional and local levels. He studied at the universities of Frankfurt/Main and Würzburg, Germany. He has a BA in German and History from the University of Bergen, Norway, a PhD in Art History from the University of Oslo and studied at The Norwegian School of Management. He was President of ICOMOS Norway for six years, served three terms on the ICOMOS International Executive Committee, and nine years on the World Heritage Panel. He is also deputy chair on the board of Europa Nostra Norway. Dr Mykleby was International Senior Adviser for the Governing Mayor of Oslo, Director of the Heritage Management Office of Oslo, previously in the same position in Baerum, Deputy Secretary General at the UNESCO Commission. He was Cultural Heritage Expert at the national Directorate for Cultural Heritage, and curator at various museums. In private enterprise, he has worked for 20 years in forestry and nature management.

David Thackray
Jury Vice-Chair
United Kingdom

David studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University and subsequently completed a PhD in Anglo-Saxon archaeology. He recently retired as Head of Archaeology for the National Trust after a career of 40 years. In this role he oversaw a range of archaeological work throughout the Trust, and provided advice and guidance on the conservation and management of archaeological sites, historic landscapes and buildings on Trust properties. He has an academic and practical interest in the philosophy and practice of conservation.
David is currently Secretary of Europa Nostra UK Committee, UK Jury member for the EN/ EU Heritage Awards and a former Council Member. He is President of ICOMOS UK and former Chair of its World Heritage Committee. David is a Secretary of State appointed member of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Conservation Board, a member of the Gloucester Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches, Chair of the Richard Jefferies Museum Trust in Swindon and Vice Chair of the Swindon Heritage Board. David has been a Senior Lecturer in Heritage Conservation at Bournemouth University and External Examiner for a number of university courses throughout the UK. He worked on secondment to the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, Australia, in 1999.
He was appointed Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Heritage by Queen Elizabeth in 2011.

Hugh Maguire
Jury Member

Hugh Maguire has worked in the field of Art and Architectural History since 1990, most recently in the area of Museums, Archives and Conservation Policy, within the Heritage Council, the Irish government’s statutory agency for policy advice on the heritage sector. He is particularly interested in preventative conservation (across disciplines), the social history of art and architecture, together with the role of museums (including historic-house museums) and galleries in fostering cultural debate within the wider community and as vehicle for international cultural interchange. From 2009 to 2016 he was Director of the Hunt Museum, Limerick, containing the most significant collection of European medieval art on public view in Ireland. He is the European Museums Forum’s correspondent for Ireland and the Chair of ICOM: Ireland.

Gabriel Ruiz Cabrero
Jury Member

Gabriel Ruiz Cabrero graduated as an architect from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM) in 1971, and then went on to earn a PhD from ETSAM in 1987. He has taught at the Chair of Architectural Composition in the ETSAM since 1995 and has been a visiting professor in the School of Architecture of both Columbia University, New York and the University of Miami. He has lent his expertise to les Comissions d´Examen Ecole Polytechnique Fédéral in Laussane, Switzerland and as a visiting critic in the Department of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design on multiple occasions. From 2003-2008, he served as an External Examiner at the School of Architecture of Glasgow and as a member of the “Colegio Docente Dottorato Internazionale d´Architettura Villard D´Honnecourt” from 2004-2007. As an architect, he has been responsible for a wide array of construction and restoration works in both Spain and overseas. He has served as curator, jury member and director of several national and international events regarding architecture and cultural heritage and has had research in these areas published many times. He was Director of the magazine Arquitectura from 1980-1986 and in 2011, was awarded the “Premio Nacional Ciudades Patrimonio de la Humanidad” prize by the Ministerio de Fomento.

Fani Mallouchou-Tufano
Jury Chair

Fani Mallouchou-Tufano studied archaeology at the University of Athens and then specialised in the conservation and restoration of Monuments and Sites in the “International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property” (ICCROM) of Rome and the “Scuola di Perfezionamento per lo Studio ed il Restauro dei Monumenti” of the Faculty of Architecture of the University La Sapienza in Rome. In 1997, she obtained a Ph.D. from the Department of Classics and Archaeology from the University of Athens. A senior member of the team of specialists working on the restoration of the Acropolis Monuments (1976-2000) she was Director of the Documentation Office of the Acropolis Restoration Service in the Hellenic Ministry of Culture during the period 2000-2009. Since 2009 she is a Professor at the School of Architecture of the Technical University of Crete. She is member of the Committee for the Conservation of the Acropolis Monuments (ESMA) that won the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards in 2013, in category Dedicated Service. She is also a member of the Archaeological Council of Monuments of Crete of the Ministry of Culture. Her activities have been awarded many times in both Greece and abroad and she has published extensively on the topics of conservation, archaeological heritage and ancient monuments in modern Greece.

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