The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences honoured Corr. Memb. Atanas Kovachev with the “Marin Drinov” honorary medal. The Vice-Chairman of the Assembly of Academicians and Corresponding Members of BAS, Acad. Damyan Damyanov, presented the award at a ceremony held on 29 April.

The honorary medal is awarded to Corr. Memb. Kovachev for his contribution to the architectural heritage of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, for his achievements in designing, research, multifaceted public, organizational, expert and pedagogical activities and on the occasion of his 70th anniversary.

The scientific interests of Corr. Memb. Atanas Kovachev are in the field of urban theory and history of architecture, urban and territorial planning; development of green systems; buildings and recreational complexes; ecological problems of settlements; sustainable development of territories.

Corr. Memb. Kovachev thanked for the award and said that he continued to believe in his ideas for the urban development of the macro-structure and the “Green System” of cities for which he had been working for several decades. Among them are Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas, Blagoevgrad, Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo, Shabla. Architecture is a technique, science and construction, and art, called to form the material and spatial environment for the development of all human activities, he added.