The Geoffrey Bawa practice developed a unique style of architectural drawings, which continues to inspire architects and artists across the discipline. Several collaborators at the practice were responsible for developing this way of representation. The archive is a lasting legacy of this work.

Digitising the archive for research, exhibition and publication purposes is an ongoing process. At this point the catalogued archive consists of more than 5000 drawings, photographs, documents and films, however, the physical collection is much more comprehensive, so the body of work catalogued continues to grow.  As the Lunuganga Trust completes processing, more material will be available for research.

Lunuganga Trust charges a handling fee every time publishers, exhibition venues, researchers, etc. need material digitized; a fee that goes toward expanding the digital collection further, so the Geoffrey Bawa Archive can continue to be shared and preserved with future generations. Our imaging service can be requested using this form. 

Image requests are processed in the order they are received. We are currently receiving a high volume of image requests, so please expect a delay of up to 30 days for a response. While we will make every effort to get back to you as soon as we can, we are a small team. If your request is urgent, please indicate the desired deadline in your request and we will do our best to get material to you in time.

Use of archival images:

To make a research request or for more information about the Archives please email Publication or commercial use of archival images copyright to the Lunuganga Trust is only permissible if expressed approval has been obtained from the Trust. Our request form can be found here, along with fees and terms of use.

To request a waiver or subsidy for educational or research use, please contact us directly.

Accessing the Archives:
The Archives are located at Geoffrey Bawa’s former residence in Colombo, and are open to scholars by appointment. On-site research appointments should be made four weeks in advance and are dependent on the availability of the archivist. Access to the Archives is granted to researchers on a case-by-case basis; all requests will be answered in the order in which they are received. Requests for duplication of archival materials will be considered on a case-by-case basis as well.

*Please note: The Geoffrey Bawa Archives are currently closed due to ongoing cataloguing work. 

Archives Access Policy

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