Architect 2013 opens in grandeur
The Inauguration Ceremony of the 31st Annual Sessions of the Sri
Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA), “Architect 2013” commenced at the
Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) yesterday.
The grand opening of the five day session that sees multifaceted
events was graced by several ministers and government officials.
The guests from overseas included Architect Kevin Owens, Prof. Jo
Noero, Architect Dr. Rory Hyde, Dr. Bimal Patel and Architect Mark
Baughman, Dr. Darin Gunasekera and Dr. Ranjith Dayaratne who have come
down to Sri Lanka specifically to address the National Conference on
Sarath Amunugama, Minister of
International Monetary Co-operation and Deputy Minister of
Finance and Planning, being welcomed at the inauguration of
the Architect 2013, exhibition, which began at the BMICH
The official theme for Architect 2013 “Think Smart Innovative
Enterprise Architecture” was unveiled after the ceremonial commencement
of the inauguration ceremony.
In his speech, Archt Ranjan Nadesapillai, President of SLIA said,
“The celebration of our annual session is traditionally the culminating
ceremonial function of the year where laudable achievements by the
institute and the membership throughout the year are brought in to
He also mentioned that the member's Work and Trade Exhibition,
National Conference on Architecture, Annual General Meeting and the
Fellowship Nite which were the main components of the annual sessions
plays a significant role for architectural professionals and the
construction industry in Sri Lanka.
Archt Nadesapillai also mentioned that the vision for the SLIA is to
create the environment for its members to be the forerunners and
stakeholders in the present Government's drive towards making Sri Lanka
the Wonder of Asia in accordance with the vision of President Mahinda
Newly enrolled members of SLIA were presented with scrolls to
epitomise their association with the Institute. The inauguration also
saw awards of excellence in the field of architecture being presented to
members of SLIA.
These awards recognised exceptional design abilities, use of colour
and honoured outstanding design in various categories of construction.
This year an award and merit has been made to recognise outstanding
contribution to architectural related publications in the last ten
In addition, product awards were presented to the best locally
Prof. Chithra Weddikkara, Senior Vice President of SLIA made the vote
of thanks as they moved on to ceremonially open the members' Work and
Trade Exhibition which was also being held at the BMICH until the
Apart from the inauguration ceremony the annual sessions of 2013
included the members' Trade and Work Exhibition, the National
Conference, the Annual General Meeting and the Fellowship Nite for a
Architect 2013 is organised by the SLIA together with the support of
their Strategic Sponsor Alumex (Pvt) Ltd, Associate sponsor Ranjanas
Ceramic Pvt Ltd and the main sponsor for the National Conference
The Fellowship Nite is sponsored by Charter House and Lankem
The event co - sponsors are Asoka Glass Co, Delmege Forsyth & Co Ltd
and Bluscope Lysaght.