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Prominent architects at SLIA National Conference 2015

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From Left: Kevin low , philip Weeraratne , Bernard Khoury, Kengo Kuma, Pro Chitra Weddikkara (President SLIA), Glern Murcutt, Palinda kannangara, Madura Premarathna     The annual sessions of Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA), scheduled from 17 to 22 February, takes place at BMICH Colombo with many events lined-up to mark its 33rd milestone in history. The convener of the National Conference 2015 Architect Madhura Premathilake said SLIA is proud to feature a line-up of pre-eminent international architects, whose work has inspired generations across continents. They are not only the contemporary world’s foremost architects; they are also charismatic personalities who will hold their audiences spellbound. He added that they have no doubt that this is the finest line up of speakers seen at an architectural conference anywhere in the world in recent times. Architect Glenn Murcutt of Australia explained the variations of climatic conditions, especially in a large country as Australia, and how it influences the architect and his area of work. He continued to explain his sole contributions towards architectural designs and 45 years of commitments towards his work. Joining in to explain the similar conditions shared by Sri Lanka and Japan as nations, Architect Kengo Kuma from Japan, was quick to point out the beautiful coastal line and the famous delicacy of fish. He stressed on the natural disaster of Tsunami and its experience shared by people of both countries and wanted to capitalise of ‘the power of nature’ on all his professional work. The renowned Lebanese Architect Bernard Khoury was in his lighter veins commenting against the theme of ‘conversations with the sky’ and wanted to reach ground. Bernard was more interested in his creations on the ground and invited everyone to experience that during the exhibition. Sri Lankan Architect Philip Weeraratne and Kevin Low from Malaysia also contributed at this media briefing which made the ground breaking efforts in the Annual Sessions of Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA) 2015.

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