Call for Entries: 2018 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

pastedImageUNESCO kicks off three-year partnership with Malaysia’s Think City for flagship awards programme

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

This year’s awards cycle will mark the launch of a three-year partnership with Think City, a Malaysian urban renewal body that will support the programme and host the annual Awards Jury meeting in Penang, Malaysia.

The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation celebrate exemplary efforts by individuals and organizations to restore or conserve structures, places and properties of heritage value in the region. Winning projects demonstrate a thorough understanding of the place, sound technical achievement and significant social and policy impact.

Eligible projects must have been completed within the last 10 years. Houses, commercial and institutional buildings, historic towns and villages, archaeological sites and cultural landscapes, for example, are all suitable for entry.

Winners will be announced in early November 2018 in the following categories: “Award of Excellence”, “Award of Distinction”, “Award of Merit”, “Honourable Mention” and “Award for New Design in Heritage Contexts”. The “Award for New Design in Heritage Contexts” is given to newly-built structures that demonstrate outstanding design which is well-integrated into historic contexts.

The deadline for receipt of materials is 15 May 2018.

To apply for the 2018 Awards and for relevant resources, please visit:

For further details on previous winners, please visit:

Think City is a community-focused urban regeneration organization established in 2009. Its first task was to rejuvenate the World Heritage city of George Town, Penang. Think City works closely with local governments, international agencies and various local communities, building effective partnerships and enhancing capacity along the way.

The partnership for the Heritage Awards builds on long-standing cooperation between UNESCO and Think City in promoting best practices in conservation in the Asia-Pacific region.