The Feltrinelli International Prize was awarded to Professor of Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens Manolis Korres, for his contribution in the field of archeology and restorations.
This international award is the highest distinction awarded by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei of Rome — one of the oldest and most prestigious scientific academies worldwide founded in 1603 — and in the past has included members of prominent figures such as Galileo. The Feltrinelli International Prize is awarded to personalities who have distinguished themselves for their high contribution in art, literature, history, philosophy, medicine and mathematics. It is awarded once every five years and is accompanied by a significant amount of money. A second award is given alongside an international organization for humanitarian action.
Manolis Korres is awarded for his own entire project, which combines the restoration with original archaeological and architectural research. He is the first Greek who has been awarded with this prize. The Minister of Culture and Sport Panos Panagiotopoulos stated: “Professor Manolis Korres is a prominent figure of the scientific community where he has and continues to offer a lot, combining the creative archaeological and architectural research with the restoration of ancient Greek and modern monuments. His devotion is an example for everyone.” Panagiotopoulos then congratulated him for this high distinction.
Korres has received many important fellowships from Ministry of Education, DAAD, DAI, Princeton University, Fulbright, Alexander von Humbolt, Bronze Medal honors in Athens; Academy Silver Medal of the Academy of Architecture of Paris (Academie d ‘Architecture de Paris), and Commander of the Order of the Phoenix as well.
Moreover, he is a member of scientific societies; he has taught at foreign universities, has written eight books and 80 scientific articles as well as lectured in Greece and abroad. His own designs have been exhibited in Greece and abroad. He is also a member of the Central Archaeological Council, the Committee for the Conservation of the Acropolis Monuments, and other scientific committees of the Ministry of Culture and Sport.