Romania

Elena-Maria Cautiș
1) Conservation & Adaptive Reuse
Member of the Selection Committee
Romania

Elena-Maria Cautiș is from Romania and currently based in Italy. She holds a Bachelor in History and a Master in Cultural Heritage Studies from the University of Bucharest. Her former professional experience involves working as an intern at the National Institute of Romania for which she researched Romanian Art Nouveau buildings for the Interreg Danube project on sustainable protection and promotion of Art Nouveau heritage in the Danube Region, as well as collaborations with the Mihai Eminescu Trust in Romania on various occasions. Since 2021 she has been one of the European Heritage Youth Ambassadors at Europa Nostra, ESACH and European Heritage Tribune, advocating for the importance of heritage in bridging cultures. Her main interest is exploring how Cultural Heritage contributes to sustainable development and social wellbeing, a topic which she is researching as a PhD candidate within the programme in Environmental Sustainability and Wellbeing at the University of Ferrara. She also has experience in policy research, acquired in the period of her internship at ICOMOS Philippines while elaborating the policy guidance document aimed at localising the SDGs within the Philippines’ heritage context. In her spare time she gets together with a group of emerging professionals (whom she has met at the ILUCIDARE Summer School in 2021) and they develop geeky heritage projects while also plotting to accessibilize the Heritage sector.

Ana Chiricuță
1) Conservation & Adaptive Reuse
Member of the Selection Committee
Romania

Ana Irina Chiricuță graduated from the National University of Arts in Bucharest, with a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Conservation-Restoration department. Over time, Ana Chiricuță participated in organising exhibitions, workshops, coordinating volunteer actions and presentations that involved interdisciplinary communication and interaction with heritage beneficiaries in local communities. She graduated from a course on heritage conservation “Establishing diagnosis” and a course on “Inventory of wooden churches”. She currently works at the National Institute of Heritage as a scientific researcher within the Historical Monuments Directorate on several research projects. She has coordinated preventive conservation workshops in summer schools organised by the institute in 2020 and 2021.

Eugen Vaida
5) Heritage Champions
Jury Member & Chair of the Selection Committee
Romania

Eugen Vaida is an architect at Asociatia Monumentum, which has been a member organisation of Europa Nostra since 2019. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Architecture and Urban Planning „Ion Mincu”, in Bucharest. Among his many projects, Eugen coordinated the Daia Heritage Valorization Plan, developed by the Global Heritage Fund in 2017-2018, and is currently coordinating The Ambulance for Monuments project, which won an Award and the Public Choice Award at the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2020. He had a defining role in the development of the summer school movement in Romania which has its key mission in educating young architects and students. He is a Member of the Advisory Group for the European Commission on heritage policies, the Founding member and president of The Federation for Transylvanian Heritage and advisor for the Romanian Ministry for Culture and National Identity. Eugen Vaida published numerous literary works on cultural heritage, including “Saving the culture of the other” (Alţîna, 2021) and “The Architectural Guidebook For Contextual Planning in the Saxon Area” of the Order of Romanian Architects (RURAL Working Group). Eugen Vaida became an Ashoka Fellow in November 2021, benefitting from a lifetime bursary to continue his work in the field of heritage from the world’s leading social entrepreneurship organisation. For its dedicated efforts in the education of the public of all generation, Asociatia Monumentum, lead by Eugen Vaida, was knighted by The Romanian Presidency in 2021.