Geoffrey Bawa Awards
for Excellence in Architecture

The Geoffrey Bawa Awards were conceptualised in 2007 to recognise and reward outstanding examples of contemporary Sri Lankan architecture. The Geoffrey Bawa Awards scheme is modelled on the awards scheme of the prestigious Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Geneva, widely acknowledged as having had a significant impact on the architecture of developing countries. Deshamanya Bawa received the Aga Khan’s Special Award for a Lifetime’s Achievement in Architecture in 2001.

The winner of the fifth cycle will be announced at a gala ceremony that celebrates the winners and their work, to be held on Thursday, 23 July 2020, has been postponed.

The winner will be awarded a sum of one million rupees, as in previous years. Glenn D. Lowry will deliver the lecture at the ceremony.
Several trailblazing architects were recipients of the Geoffrey Bawa Award during the past four cycles of its existence.

Thisara Thanapathy was adjudged winner of the Geoffrey Bawa Award 4th Cycle for his design of the Spa at Santani, Kandy.

Pradeep Kodikara was awarded winner of the Geoffrey Bawa Award 3rd Cycle for his design of the Kadju House in Tangalle.

Winner of the Geoffrey Bawa Award 2nd Cycle was Thisara Thanapathy for his creation, the Sarath Abeyratne House in Colombo 5.

Two winners shared the Geoffrey Bawa Award 1st Cycle: Lalyn Collure for his creation, The Boulder Garden Hotel, and Shyamika de Silva for her design of the Nalin Indrasena House.

5th Triennial Geoffrey Bawa awards for Excellence in Architecture 2019/2020

Shortlisted Projects

We are delighted to announce the shortlisted projects for the Fifth Cycle of the Triennial Geoffrey Bawa Awards for Excellence in Architecture. The Awards Ceremony, scheduled initially for July 23, 2020 with guest lecture to be delivered by Glenn Lowry, has been postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19. Stay tuned for more details.

This year's jury comprises Barry Bergdoll, Veranjan Kurukulasuriya, Swarna Mallawarachchi and Nadija Tambiah.

No. 12 Flower Road
Suresh Mudannayake

Image Credit - Suresh Mudannayake       

Cafe UFO
RAPA Chartered Architects

 Image Credit - RAPA Chartered Architects

Proposed Office Building for Colombo Municipal Council
Pulasthi Wijekoon Guruge & Ruwani Thusara Waidyasekara

Image Credit - Pulasthi Wijekoon Guruge & Ruwani Thusar Waidyasekara

Frame Holiday Structure at Imaduwa
Palinda Kannangara Architects

Image Credit - Palinda Kannangara Architects

Lanka Learning Centre

Image Credit -  Feat.Collective

Santhi Children Home
Associate Professorship of Architectural Design and Timber Construction

Image credit-Associate Professorship of Architectural Design and Timber Construction

Studio Apartment for Lavan
MMGS Architects

Image Credit - MMGS Architects

Wild Coast Tented Lodge
Nomadic Resort

Image Credit - Nomadic Resort

View previous awards cycles:

2013/2014 : Cycle 3
2010/2011 : Cycle 2
2007/2008 : Cycle 1

2016/2017 : Cycle 4

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