Sri Lanka

The Architecture Experience – Sri Lanka takes participants on a weeklong journey across the tropical country of Sri Lanka exploring Geoffrey Bawa’s work, along with projects which showcase sustainable practices through different perspectives and interpretations. The immersive experience gives students a chance to go beyond academic perceptions of climatic design and mainstream sustainable technology and encounter various iterations of the idea.

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Ambepussa Community Library, Image © Terra Award

Image on top – Heritance Kandalama hotel, Image © Flickr







What is The Architecture Experience - Sri Lanka?

The best approach to growing as an architect is to learn from experiencing and observing. The Architecture Experience aims to do just that – to take an existing project proposal and enhance its core architectural values by incorporating the ideals of Tropical Modernist design studied on this tour. The Experience will be a week-long curated educational tour for twenty participants, across 5 cities in Sri Lanka.

These visits will focus on observing and learning about the importance of site sensitivity, different architectural techniques – active and passive, importance of material selection and other aspects vital to sustainability. The visits will foster a deep understanding of building with nature with an inclination to local materials and techniques, while working on an existing project will illustrate the immediate applications and impacts of Tropical Modernist ideals on contemporary architecture.


In the 7 days, participants will get to work on their own project in sync with their work, or their subjects in college. These projects will be relevant for an urban Indian landscape, with inspiration taken from places visited during this Experience.

A courtyard in Bawa’s campus for the University of Ruhuna. Image © Harry Sowden

Late evening arrival in Sri Lanka.

Orientation on the structure of the tour visits and project. Finalisation of teams, and the participants’ individual roles and responsibilities within the team will be defined.

Topic of discussionArchitecture beyond the structure – as a socio-cultural tool, as seen in The Parliament and Seema Malaka, preserving cultural identities and Ambepussa and bringing forth positive social change.

Places visited: Old Parliament building, Seema Malaka, Ambepussa community library.

Topic of discussionDesign conscious of environment – site-selection, importance of green cover and positive impacts of features like solar water heating, recycling water and waste management in Heritance Kandalama.

Places visited: Heritance Kandalama Hotel (Architecture of Geoffery Bawa).

Topic of discussion: The kind of varied influences and strategies employed in the Lunuganga Estate gardens, landscaping and Cinnamon Bey’s outstanding efforts to minimise its consumption of resources and energy while maximising recycling.

Places visited: Bawa’s Lunuganga Estate, Cinnamon Bey Resort.

Topic of discussion: The importance of spatial planning as a tool to maximise appeal and minimise resources consumed (as seen in Jetwings Lighthouse) while having the power to shape a way of life (as seen in Villa Saffron).

Places visited: Villa Saffron in Hikkaduwa, Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel.

Topic of discussion: The scope of Tropical Modernism as a cost-effective approach, achieving functionality and aesthetics while employing passive planning techniques and building with local and salvaged materials.

Places visited: Galle Fort, SOS Children’s Village, Ruhuna University.

Topic of discussion: The scope of Tropical Modernist design in urban typologies – importance and impact of spatial layout, landscaping elements and material selection.

Places visited: Ladies College, Paradise Café, Barefoot Café, House No 11 (Bawa’s House).

Late night departure for Bangalore, India.

Upcoming batches

Due to the situation in Sri Lanka, and the statement issued by the Government of India advising people to avoid travel to Sri Lanka for the foreseeable future, we are putting our applications for the 2 batches on hold until further notice. Please have a look at our course in Vietnam.

June 10 - June 17, 2019

July 10 - July 17, 2019

How Much Does It Cost?

INR 60,000

What does the cost include?

Domain Expert Guidance

Course Material



breakfast and dinner

entry fees


local & airport transfers

Our Partners


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Mohor Bose

Emboss Arts

Curator & Tour leader - The Architecture Experience

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Radhika Soni

Auroville Earth Institute

Tour Leader - The Architecture Experience

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Anup Naik



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Rajeev Malagi



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Sriram Kuchimanchi

Smarter Dharma


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Ishita Shah

Faculty, Srishti Institute of art, design & technology


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Giuseppe Morando



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Kanika Gupta

Smarter Dharma


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Sathya Prakash Varanashi

Sathya Consultants


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Rosie Paul

Masons Ink Studio


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Sridevi Changali

Masons Ink Studio


Sustainable Development Goals

All our Experiences are aimed at implementing and solving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. Goal no. 17 ‘Partnerships for the Goals’ is key to our Experiences, since we work with a global team of experts to be able to add value to the learning of the participants. The Architecture Experience Sri Lanka focuses on 3 of the Goals primarily.

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Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation​

– Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being.

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Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable​

– By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing

– By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement

– By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters

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Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

– By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources

– Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production


–  Students and fresh graduates from architecture colleges and related fields

–  Young professionals from architecture, design and related fields who want to explore Tropical Modernism in Sri Lanka

Yes! The Experience takes place in Sri Lanka to explore the theme of Tropical Modernism. The projects covered in this Experience include some of Geoffrey Bawa’s most famous works and that of next generation architects that have carried his design philosophy forward.

Yes! This Experience will take up to 20 participants. These participants will be split into smaller teams to execute projects which are designed to give added value to their ongoing projects (school or live)

‘The Architecture Experience’ is designed with the intent of enhancing architectural understanding. To this end, a short project is included as part of the experience. The idea of the project is to refine an existing project with the ideologies of Tropical Modernism. The outcome of this project, the concept proposal will then be evaluated by the panel of industry experts.

This Experience will focus on observing and learning about the importance of site sensitivity, different architectural techniques – active and passive, importance of material selection and other aspects vital to sustainable architecture, which are important tenets of contemporary and new age architecture, be it urban or non urban.

Yes! From a logistics point of view, this price includes the cost of accommodation, flights, visas, breakfast and dinner, local and airport transfers, and entry fees where applicable.

A building can only be understood by moving around and through it, and by experiencing the modulation, and feel the spaces one moves through - from outside into verandah, then rooms, passages, courtyards. Architecture cannot be totally explained but must be experienced."

Geoffrey Bawa

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Lunuganga Estate, Bentota

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