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Contemporary Sri Lankan Architect, Asia

Geoffrey Bawa – Key Project

Kandalama Hotel, Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Geoffrey Bawa – Key Buildings, Sri Lanka

Featured Building, alphabetical:

Ayurveda Pavilions – health retreat, Negombo

Blue Water Hotel, Wadduwa, south of Columbo
Date built: 1997
damaged by the Asian tsunami at end of 2004

Cinnamon Hill House & garden, Lunuganga

Druvi & Sharmini de Saram House, Colombo

Ena de Silva House, Colombo

House Bagatelle Road, Colombo

House for Pradeep Jayawardene, Red Cliffs, Mirissa, near Weligama

House for David Spencer,, Rosmead Place, Colombo 7

Kandalama Hotel, Dambulla (aka Heritance)
Date built: 1991-94

Lighthouse Hotel, Galle
Date built: 1995-97

Neptune, Beruwela

Ruhunu University, Matara

St Bridget’s Montessori School
Date built: 1963
Design: Geoffrey Bawa with Laki Senanayake; murals by Barbara Sansoni

Serendib, Bentota

Sinbad, Kalutara

Sri Lankan Parliament – Buildings, Kotte
Date built: 1983

Triton, Ahungalla

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Geoffrey Bawa – Practice Information

Geoffrey Bawa died in 2003
Sri Lanka’s most famous architect

Architect studio was based in Sri Lanka

Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Special Chairman’s Award 2001

Sri Lanka Architecture
Belihuloya Mountains House
photograph from architect

Between 1957 and 1989 Geoffrey was a partner in the firm of Edwards Reid and Begg. His fellow partners from 1957 to 1967 were Jimmy Nilgiria and Valentine Gunesekera. The Danish architect Ulrik Plesner joined the architecturepractice in 1959 and worked as a close collaborator with Bawa until the end of 1966.

The Lunuganga Trust is a private trust that was set up in 1994 with the object of looking after the two properties that belonged to Mr. Geoffrey Bawa (and now ceded to the Trust) in Colombo and Bentota. Both properties are of outstanding architectural value and deemed masterpieces of architecture and landscape in a global context.

The Geoffrey Bawa Trust has set up a national award scheme to recognise and reward significant examples of contemporary Sri Lankan architecture. The aim of the scheme is both to foster the production of good architecture and to encourage its wider appreciation in the community.

The award scheme has been consciously modelled on the scheme that is run by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Geneva. That scheme is generally acknowledged to have had a very marked effect on architecture in developing countries since it was inaugurated by HRH the Aga Khan in 1977 and has now completed ten of its three-year cycles. The Trust also acknowledges the importance of the honour, which was bestowed upon Deshamaniya Bawa when he received HRH the Aga Kan’s Special Award for a Lifetime’s Achievement in Architecture in 2001.
source: architects website

Website: Geoffrey Bawa Architect, Sri Lanka

World Architects

Sri Lankan Building
British High Commission Colombo
photo from architects


A major exhibition of the work of the practice was mounted by the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt from 23rd July to 16th October 2004. This was a celebration of the life and work of Bawa, now considered one of the most important and influential Asian architects of the last century. His standing was endorsed when he received the Special Chairman’s Award in the eighth cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in November 2001.
source: architects website


The works of the architect presented by the Singapore Institute of Architects in Singapore (March 1997).

Architecture Studios

The Lunuganga Trust controls the Geoffrey Bawa Estate

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