Swiss Heritage Society




The Swiss Heritage Society SHS has about 17,000 members. It is the umbrella organisation of 25 cantonal chapters and is available to anyone interested in the Society's objectives. Mission 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). Together with Pro Natura, the SHS has been supporting the annual fundraising drive with chocolate talers for over 50 years.


The Society’s magazine “Heimatschutz/Patrimoine” is published quarterly and apart from the latest news always features a keynote topic.


Swiss Heritage Society SHS, P.O. Box, 8032 Zürich, Switzerland Tel.: 044 254 57 00, Fax: 044 252 28 70 E-mail: info(at)

Information on current SHS activities can be found on the Society’s German or French homepages.

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