US/ICOMOS members recently attended the 15th ICOMOS General Assembly, held October 17-23, 2005 in Xi’an, China.
A highlight of the General Assembly was the announcement at the Plenary Session that Ann Webster Smith, US/ICOMOS Chair Emerita, was awarded the Gazzola Prize. The Gazzola Prize was established in 1979 in memory of Piero Gazzola, one of the greatest defenders of the conservation and restoration of historic monuments and sites, and a founder of ICOMOS. The prize is awarded every three years at the General Assembly of ICOMOS to an individual or a group of people who have worked together and contributed with distinction to the aims and objectives of ICOMOS. The beneficiary must be a member of ICOMOS and is chosen by the Selection Committee, which itself elected by the Executive Committee of ICOMOS.