The Din l-Art Helwa Award Scheme for Architectural Heritage for 2008 is now open for entries. The Award has been designed to encourage better architecture by rewarding any building project which made an outstanding and significant contribution to architectural excellence in a Maltese context and that the project sends a clear message that old buildings can be successfully restored and converted to modern use whilst retaining their character and intrinsic value.
Eligible projects include the restoration or conservation of buildings, the adoption of buildings to new uses, building additions or alterations, or new building projects in conservation areas. The projects can relate either to a single building, a complex of buildings, or historic urban environment or townscape.
The project will be judged on the quality of the work executed, its historic, cultural, educational and social relevance, the preliminary research conducted and the aesthetic and visual merit. The project may be on a scale ranging from small to large, and should display a standard of work which would be outstanding in a Maltese context.
The Din l-Art Helwa Award for Architectural Heritage has now established itself as a worthy and prestigious annual event which brings well-merited recognition not only to the architects rewarded, but also to their parent firms and the architectural profession more widely.
Din l-Art Helwa states that in the course of the last year there has been a most encouraging increase in conservation and restoration of old buildings and monuments in Malta – both in the private and the public sector. The heritage organisation therefore feels that these greatly deserve encouragement and public recognition.
Submission for consideration for an award of the Din l-Art Helwa Prize for Architectural Heritage must be received at the Din l-Art Helwa office, 133 Melita Street, Valletta, by 30th September 2008.
More information about the Award, Application and Registration forms are available from the Malta Chamber of Architects, or from the Din l-Art Helwa offices at 133 Melita Street, Valletta. For further information please call 21 220358.