Thisara wins prestigious Geoffrey Bawa Award

The night belonged to Architect Thisara Thanapathy, who won the prestigious Geoffrey Bawa Award 2010/2011 for Excellence in Architecture, for his design of the urban Sarath Abeyrathne house.

Chairperson- Geoffrey Bawa Trust, Sunethra Bandaranaike, presenting the award to Architect Thisara Thanapathy and (inset) Michael Ondaatje delivering the keynote address. Pix by Mangala Weeraskera

The First Runner-up ‘Commendation’ award went to Architect Yudish Ganesan for the Udayampuram School at Periyakallar, a tsunami school. The awards ceremony conducted by the Geoffrey Bawa Trust was held at the Park Street Mews last night.

There were two Honourable Mentions- the New British High Commission designed by Richard Murphy Associates and the Holiday Bungalow at Ulpotha also designed by Thisara Thanapathy.

Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to both Ena de Silva Aluwihare and Barbara Sansoni Lewcock for their contributions to the Arts and Architecture of Sri Lanka.

The keynote address by Booker Prize winner Michael Ondaatje was the highlight of the evening.The Sunday Times and Daily Mirror were Print Media Sponsors for the event.

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