City School of Architecture

Rising Sun For Rising Stars



Introduced by Nippon Paint, Japan in 2008 to inspire and motivate designers, the Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA) was held in Sri Lanka for the first time in October 2016. The competition, launched under the theme of, 'Be Bold, Be Free, Be You' encouraged many Sri Lankan students of Architecture and Interior Design to participate in this competition. Our very own Sandun Ekanayake and Pratheepan Kalaieesan won the Color Award and Gold Award respectively. As a result, Pratheepan will join the Gold Award winners from other countries participating in AYDA 2016, to compete for the Platinum Award at the Asia Young Designer Award Regional Learning Programme 2017 to be held in Indonesia.


The Studio 5 batch trip is a milestone many of us can only dream of when in the 1st year at CSA; for in the way stand numerous crits, exams and the formidable CDP (so glad we're passed all that). Last year, the students of Year 5 were taken to Singapore and Malaysia. Accompanied by the Head of School, Prof. Lal Balasuriya and his wife, Archt. Shiranee Balasuriya; first up was Singapore, with its clean and green urban cityscape. A full day workshop at NUS, including interesting lectures and informal student discussions, was an enlightening experience. Not to mention, it marked our first face-to-face encounter with a 3D printer! (fingers crossed that CSA will get one soon). The Urban Redevelopment Authority, ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay were some of the places we visited. They say that certain places, people or instances in life can never be forgotten. Despite being just a passing entity amidst a plethora of experiences, they leave an indelible mark on our memory. Our tour guide in Malaysia is one such person - with his quirky accent and downright epic commentary, he kept us entertained for an entire week! (PS : ask Eddie Senior for an authentic impression). A tight schedule in place, we visited Melaka, Penang, Putrajaya (Malaysia's fancy new administrative city), KL Tower and of course the Petronas Towers thank you to CSA for taking us right to the top! A day spent at Sunway Lagoon was the perfect ending to this adventure. Two countries and bags of shopping later (shout-out to the dear lady at KL airport check-in for conveniently overlooking some overweight luggage), we landed in Colombo - tired but satisfied. The journey was indeed a memorable one; and we hope that students of CSA continue to get this opportunity to travel the world and experience different cultures and landscapes - which is indeed a necessary source of nourishment to a young Architect's soul.



During the month of August, five students from the City School of Architecture were treated to a tour of Singapore, organized as part of a continuous engagement between Akzonobel (Pvt) Ltd and CSA. Following a series of leaming sessions conducted by renowned architect and visiting lecturer Nela de Zoysa, the students were selected for the tour following the completion of a detailed assignment on the topic of Colour. Five students, Ishani Amaratunga, Abigail Fernando, Meshari Fahim, Minuri De Silva, and Romein Keerthisinghe were selected. The study tour showcased some of the latest innovations from the company's flagship brand, Dulux. During the tour the students were given invaluable exposure to some of the finest examples of modern architecture including a personal tour of prominent landmarks that AkzoNobel had provided cootings solutions for such as the Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay and Singapore's first UNESCO World Heritage site, the Burkhill Hall Botanical Gardens. The students visited AkzoNobel's regional headquarters, a certified green building considered an example on how bold and vibrant usage of color can be utilized as a powerful tool for experiential communication and finally given the opportunity to experience universal studios before heading back home.