Stefano Sorace and Gloria Terenzi, Italy

On the occasion of the Annual Meetings IABSE in Antwerp, Manabu Ito, President of IABSE, presented the 2002 IABSE Outstanding Paper Award to S. Sorace and to G. Terenzi for their article:

'Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Historical Churches'

published in Structural Engineering International, November 2002

The article deals with a methodology for evaluating the seismic response capacities of historical churches. Specially calibrated performance objectives, including the issue of 'cultural value safety', and related acceptance criteria are formulated to this aim.

The Outstanding Paper Award is presented each year by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering in recognition of one article published in "Structural Engineering International", thus encouraging and rewarding contributions of the highest quality.

The Award Presentation took place during the Opening of the IABSE Symposium 'Structures for High-Speed Railway Transportation', Antwerp, Belgium on August 27, 2003.