This fifth edition coincides with the event's tenth anniversary, which reaches that date in an upward and internationally recognized trajectory, with a total of more than 800 participants in the previous four editions representing 27 different European countries. Coinciding with this maturity reached after ten years of the project, the main challenge for the future is to move from looking to reflection. Thus, one of the objectives of the Prize in this fifth edition, in addition to maintaining its growth and recognizing the best works, is to become a showcase for the plurality of approaches in the field of intervention in the architectural heritage of Europe.

The deadline for registration of the 5th edition of the European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention, will remain open on its web platform until March 12th, 2021. In this edition the Award is committed to giving visibility to a greater number of works by making a selection of projects that will be announced prior to the awards ceremony. On the other side, this ceremony will take place at the end of May 2021, coinciding with the International Biennial for Architectural Heritage Intervention, meeting that counts with the support of COAC, AADIPA and the Government of Catalonia. In addition, for the second consecutive year, a Special Restoration Mention will be awarded, among all the works submitted, to the intervention that from a technical and methodological point of view stands out for its quality, precision and respect.

The European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention led by Ramon Calonge, Oriol Cusidó, Marc Manzano, and Jordi Portal, architect members of the group AADIPA, part of the COAC, arises from the belief that architectural heritage, as a vehicle for social integration and an economic vitalizing resource for the community, deserves to be appreciated and encouraged. Since its inception in 2011, has advocated and worked to achieve a twin purpose: distinguish quality heritage interventions and contribute to its disclosure. In keeping with the latter task all the works presented in the competition will be part of the digital platform archive of the Award, which aims to become a documentary reference on the state of affairs in European Heritage Intervention.

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