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History of the Prizes

AR&PA 2018 Prizes

AR&PA 2018 Honorary Prize: 

Cultural Routes, the Council of Europe.

AR&PA 2018 International Prize for Intervention in Cultural Heritage: 

The restoration of the mural of the postern of Santa Maria, Soria and the regeneration of its surroundings

AR&PA 2016 Prizes

AR&PA 2016 Honorary Prize:

The Universities of Alcalá de Henares, Coimbra and Salamanca and to Fernando Nogueira, President of the Fundação Millennium bcp.

AR&PA 2016 International Prize for Intervention in Cultural Heritage: 

The Ministry of Cultura-Direção Regional da Cultura do Norte de Portugal in recognition of the region Vale do Varosa (Viseu, Portugal)

AR&PA International Prize for Cultural Heritage: 

Projects for Architecture Students (AR&PA Youth). Awarded to students from Montevideo, Valladolid, Madrid and Seveille

AR&PA 2014 Prizes

AR&PA 2014 Honorary Prize:

INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage)

AR&PA 2014 International Prize, ex-aequo:

  • The restoration and management of Tarazona Cathedral and the resulting publicity
  • To the Naval Museum of Cartagena for the recovery and restoration of the Peral Submarine.

AR&PA 2012 Prizes

AR&PA 2012 Honorary Prize:

Mr Álvaro Siza Vieira, Architect, in recognition of his life and professional career

AR&PA 2012 International Prize:

Ortuella Town Hall and the architect Ramón Garitano Garitano in recognition of the restoration of the siderite kilns for multi-purpose building in Ortuella (Bizkaia).

AR&PA 2012 Management Prize:

The Andalusian Historical Heritage Institute. 

AR&PA 2012 Regional Prize:

The “Casa del Sol” at the National Sculpture Museum of Spain.

AR&PA 2010 Prizes

AR&PA 2010 Honorary Prize:

  • The City of Cartagena.
  • Mr Javier Cortés Álvarez de Miranda, who died recently, in recognition of his personal dedication to Cultural Heritage

AR&PA 2010 International Prize:

The Restoration of the Monastery of Santa Clara la Velha, in Coimbra.

AR&PA 2010 National Prize:

María José Aranguren and José González Gallegos for the restoration of the old Convent of Santo Tomás in the city of Alcalá de Henares. 

AR&PA 2010 Regional Prize:

The Town Hall and residents of Gotarrendura (Ávila). 

AR&PA Award for Innovation:

"Imaginarte" Project. 

AR&PA 2008 Prizes

AR&PA 2008 Honorary Prize:

  • Mr. Mounir Bouchenaki, in recognition of the achievements reached in his career, during which he has worked at various international institutions, and of his far-reaching view of culture, and his ability to use his interdisciplinary skills to bring people together to solve heritage management problems.
  • The Santa María de Albarracín Foundation (Teruel), for having devised and put into place a sustainable and ongoing restoration and dynamic management programme at a complex Medieval heritage site.

AR&PA 2008 International Prize:

The transfer and restitution of the Obelisk of Axum from Italy to Ethiopia, in recognition of an institution’s decision to return a heritage asset to its legitimate historical owner, and to carry out the technical work to make this possible.

AR&PA 2008 National Prize:

The unveiling and restoration of the Renaissance paintings in the Great Chapel of Valencia Cathedral.

The Chapel was restored by the Valencian Institute for Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage. This action was awarded for the great thought and consideration put into it, the rigor in the methodology used and the courage with which the project sponsors dealt with such a technically complicated issue, using a multidisciplinary approach and involving international experts. Aside from the end result, the approach used has also made it possible to progress towards a definitive solution for restoring the vault’s original arrangement and design in full. 

AR&PA 2008 Regional Prize, ex-aequo:

  • The Restoration of the cave church of St Just and St Pastor in Olleros de Pisuerga (Palencia), in recognition of the research done in order to tackle the challenge of installing facilities within a historic asset in a sustainable way and based on the heritage values of the site itself. 
  • The restoration of the wharf building and warehouse of the Channel of Castile in Medina de Rioseco (Valladolid), as an action that has helped to give value to the whole Channel of Castile, by making the most of all its elements; and for being a good example of an industrial building representative of a type of heritage in need of particular attention.
AR&PA 2006 Prizes

AR&PA 2006 International Prize:

The Casa de Velázquez, in recognition of its work and dedication to Hispanic studies, contributing to the understanding, conservation and dissemination of Spanish cultural heritage.

Honorary mention to Mr. José María Losada Aranguren, in recognition of his constant dedication to protecting and raising awareness about cultural heritage, both in Spain and abroad.

AR&PA 2006 National Prize, ex-aequo:

  • Mr. José María Ballester Fernández, in recognition of his work at the Heritage Division of the Council of Europe to promote and implement public protection and landscape policies.
  • Mr. Ignacio Gárate Rojas for his contribution to the understanding of traditional techniques and their use in the restoration of historical heritage.

AR&PA 2006 Regional Prize:

The Santa María la Real de Aguilar de Campoó Foundation (Palencia), for its work in setting up sustainable and innovative initiatives, closely linked to the local region, to conserve and manage historical heritage.

Honorary mention for the restoration work carried out on the building at number eight in Isabel la Católica Street in Segovia (Casa Mudéjar), to ensure the rigorous restoration of heritage features during the building’s conversion into a hotel.

The judges congratulating the Historic Heritage Foundation of Castilla y León on its tenth anniversary.

AR&PA 2004 Prizes

AR&PA 2004 International Prize:

Francesco Bandarín, Director of UNESCO's World Heritage Centre, in recognition of his work in guaranteeing professional standards in the management of the UNESCO’s World Heritage List, for speaking out for fairer representation, both geographically and in terms of the range of types of heritage included, and for his efforts to ensure that governments better safeguard these sites, abiding by World Heritage rules.

Special Mention:

The city of Santa Fe de Bogotá (Colombia), in recognition of its efforts to rehabilitate and restore the historical neighbourhood of La Candelaria.
And to the Province of Val Di Noto, in Sicily (Italy), in recognition of its determined work to restore a great number of monuments following the 1992 earthquake and after an absence of such projects for many years, as well as its work in managing a large region full of monumental heritage.

AR&PA 2004 National Prize:

The National Industrial Heritage Plan, designed by the Spanish Historical Heritage Institute and approved by the Historical Heritage Council, in recognition of its work to protect, promote and defend industrial heritage.
And Antonio Fernández Alba, in recognition of his intellectual career achievements and his professional work to conserve heritage.

AR&PA 2004 Regional Prize:

The Roman Villa of Almenara de Adaja-Puras (Valladolid), in recognition of its comprehensive conservation and management plan, and the excellent work done to publicise this Asset of Cultural Interest.

AR&PA 2002 Prizes

AR&PA 2002 International Prize:

The Spanish Academy and the Spanish School of History and Archeology, both in Rome, in recognition of their work over recent years to spread Spanish culture and research overseas.

Special Mention:

The renovation of the Tate Modern, in London, and to Herzog and De Meuron, the architects responsible for rehabilitating this piece of industrial heritage for public use, and to the Finnish professor Jukka Jokiletho, in recognition of his career achievements and his devotion to protecting and raising awareness about the World Heritage Cities.

AR&PA 2002 National Prize:

The technical team from the Spanish Historical Heritage Institute, which returned and reinstalled the paintings of the Hermitage of San Baudelio de Berlanga (Soria) to their place of origin.

Special Mention:

The Office of the Consortium of Santiago de Compostela and to the Special Protection and Rehabilitation Plan of this Galician city, in recognition of their exemplary work and skills in conserving the original buildings and the historic part of the city.

AR&PA 2002 Regional Prize:

The work carried out by the architect Fernando Cobos at the Castle of Ponferrada, and for the scientific methodology used.

Special Mention:

The restoration work carried out on historical spaces at the Patio Herreriano Museum of Contemporary Spanish Art in Valladolid and the Salamanca Arts Centre in order to exhibit contemporary art.

AR&PA 2002 Provincial Prize:

The company Coresal, in recognition of its work to Restore The Benavente Chapel in Medina de Rioseco, both for the techniques used and for its contribution to the achievements of the Almirante Consortium in stimulating this historical city, as well as its collaboration with various institutions and bodies in carrying out this work.

AR&PA 2000 Prizes

AR&PA 2000 International Prize:

Bernard Fonquernie, in recognition of his comprehensive and exemplary restoration work at the Nôtre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Special Mention:

Manfred Whedorn, in recognition of his restoration of the Royal Palace in Vienna, and also to the Instituto Central del Restauro in Rome, for its longstanding and renowned work on Italian Heritage and especially its project to restore paintings at the Church of St Francis of Assisi, with the use of IT techniques.

AR&PA 2000 National Prize:

Antoni González, Head of the Local Architectural Heritage Service at the Provincial Government of Barcelona, for his career achievements, methodogical clarity and his work to disseminate these values.

Special Mention:

Chillida Museum, in recognition of its important work in disseminating Basque Culture within Spain, and also to Zaragoza Cathedral, for its varied heritage actions.

AR&PA 2000 Regional Prize:

The Restoration of the Altarpiece of Astorga Cathedral and also to the restoration company ARCO, in recognition of its rigorous restoration work, and to the project sponsor, The Historic Heritage Foundation of Castilla y León.

Special Mencion:

The restoration of the San Boal Palace in Salamanca, the University of Salamanca and the 40 Japanese companies that sponsored the project.

AR&PA 2000 Provincial Prize:

Juan José Martín González, in recognition of his lifelong dedication, for having established the foundations of Cultural Heritage knowledge, and his efforts to conserve and restore this heritage.

Special Mencion:

The Provincial Wine Museum, in recognition of having been able to give wine new purpose, and for the easily-reversed and rigurous work carried out, and also to project manager Roberto Valle, the company NECSO and the Provincial Government of Valladolid, as sponsor.