About the Awards

About the Awards

In conserving the heritage of Asia and the Pacific, UNESCO seeks to encourage the role of the private sector and local communities in preserving their cultural heritage. The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation were established in 2000 to recognize and encourage private efforts and public-private initiatives in successfully restoring structures of heritage value in the region.

Since 2000, UNESCO has received 638 entries from 25 countries, spanning a wide range of conservation projects from family homes to palace complexes. A total of 196 projects have received UNESCO Heritage awards for conservation. In addition, 11 projects have been honoured with the Award for New Design in Heritage Contexts, which recognizes contemporary architectural design in a heritage context.

The winning projects have set high technical and social standards for conservation in the region. They have increased local preservation efforts, inspiring local communities to take action to save their historic buildings.

Award Categories

The Awards are set in two categories:

The Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

Initiated in 2000, the Awards recognize excellent achievement in successfully conserving or restoring heritage building and properties in the region by the private sector or by public-private initiatives. There are four levels of achievement being recognized:

  • Award of Excellence

  • Award of Distinction

  • Award of Merit

  • Honourable Mention

The Award of Excellence is the highest recognition presented to the projects that display exceptional achievement in all criteria and has major catalytic impact at the national or regional level.

The Award for New Design in Heritage Contexts

Previously known as the Jury Commendation for Innovation, this special award was established in 2005 and is given in addition to the conservation award categories. It recognizes newly built structures that demonstrate outstanding design well-integrated into historic contexts.

Submissions of completed new architecture and design projects that enrich the heritage setting are encouraged as a part of the contribution to the future of sustainable heritage safeguarding.

 

Jury Members

The panel of jury members consists of leading scholars and practitioners in the field of cultural heritage conservation. The profiles of all jury member is available here.

 

Eligible countries in Asia and the Pacific

Afghanistan

Australia

Bangladesh             

Bhutan

Brunei Darussalam

Cambodia                 

China

Cook Islands

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea 

Fiji

India

Indonesia

Islamic Republic of Iran

Japan

Kiribati

Kazakhstan

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Macao, China

Malaysia

Maldives

Marshall Islands

Micronesia (Federated States of)

Myanmar

Nauru

Nepal

New Zealand

Niue                          

Pakistan

Palau

Papua New Guinea

Philippines

Republic of Korea

Samoa

Singapore

Solomon Islands

Sri Lanka

Tajikistan

Thailand

Timor Leste

Tokelau

Tonga

Turkmenistan

Tuvalu

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Viet Nam

 

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