Organisations

Swiss Heritage Society

The Swiss Heritage Society has about 27 000 members and donators. It is the umbrella organisation of the cantonal sections and is available to anyone interested in the Society’s objectives. The SHS is dedicated to the advancement of Switzerland’s architectural heritage. Its focus is on the preservation of important landmarks, the development of the structural environment, and the promotion of good architectural design. The SHS pursues its goals mainly with public relations activities, through publications, technical consulting in construction projects, advisory functions in planning committees, appraisals, legal action, and financial grants for pioneering projects. The SHS commends exemplary achievements by awarding prizes (Wakker Prize, Heimatschutz Prize, Schulthess Horticultural Prize). In the centre of the Society in the Villa Patumbah in Zurich visitors can experience architecture and building culture first hand thanks to exhibitions, guided tours and workshops. (Further information: www.heimatschutz.ch).