1) Conservation & Adaptive Reuse
Member of the Selection Committee
Piotr Gerber, PhD Eng. Architect, is a professor at the Faculty of Architecture at the Wrocław University of Technology, Poland. He is the author of more than eighty academic publications both in Poland and abroad and co-author of two encyclopedias on industrial architecture and history of technology.
Piotr Gerber is an architect and lecturer with expertise in industrial architectural heritage and technical heritage. He is involved in rescuing industrial heritage in Poland and historical hospital renovation projects. He is the author of several designs for the renewal of heritage hospitals and industrial heritage in Poland and was Involved as an expert in projects to place objects on the UNESCO list, including the historic Gdańsk Shipyard.
Member of the Monument Protection Council affiliated with the Ministry of Culture. As part of the Council work on the assessment of cultural objects nominating on the list of monuments in Poland.
He is a member and managing member of several international organisations related to the conservation of cultural heritage, such as TICCIH, president of Polish TICCIH Committee, member of Industrial and Engineering Heritage Committee of Europa Nostra, member of the board of The German Society for History of Hospitals, Association for Industrial Archaeology.
Piotr Gerber is Founder of the Foundation for the Protection of Silesia Industrial Heritage (2007), the objective of which is to construct a system of cooperating museums representing the major historical industries in Silesia. As part of the foundation’s work, a number of projects to save historic industrial facilities have been undertaken.
Heritage Awards Jury
He is originally from Poland, but European and “”global”” in spirit – after having lived in France and Belgium for longer periods of time, as well as in the US and Japan. For the last six years and until October 2021, he worked as Policy Officer in Culture Policy Unit at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Education & Culture, where he was responsible for, inter alia, the topics such as the role of culture in cities and regions, EU funding for culture, access to culture via digital means or contributing to shaping EU recovery mechanisms for cultural and creative sectors during COVID.
Prior to his experience in Brussels, he worked in the Polish Culture Ministry, British Council offices in Warsaw & Paris, as a Manager in a French on-line e-learning startup as well as a freelance translator for cultural projects, local initiatives, film festivals and cultural institutions.
He is a graduate of the University of Warsaw and College of Europe, he has also studied at Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3. He currently lives in Warsaw where he sets up his own one-person consulting company, specialised in EU cultural policy, cultural and creative sectors, EU funding for culture and management of cultural projects. He is currently collaborating with the European Cultural Foundation based in Amsterdam. As part of their Public Policy Team, he is involved in A CULTURAL DEAL FOR EUROPE campaign as well as in other activities of the Foundation related to EU policies.