The Alumni of City School of Architecture aims to help you stay in touch with your school and with your batch mates wherever you are in the world - it's your CSA.
Forum CSA, the ALUMNI of the City School of Architecture, was formed in 2006, the 20th year of CSA. In that short span of time the school has produced many talented architects some of whom are known around the globe.
BIRTH OF AN ALUMNI - 2006 DECEMBER
FORUM CSA the Alumni of the Colombo School of Architecture (CSA) was initiated by Past President and former Dean of the Faculty of Architecture of the Moratuwa University, Prof. Lal Balasurya, who, at a BOM meeting held on 9th November 2006, made a comment, that an association of the Alumni of the CSA is yet to be established in view of a previous unsuccessful attempts. Archt. Nela De Zoysa, taking up this challenge, formed a group of past students and put in place a constitution for an Alumni Subsequently, a successful Inaugural meeting was held on the 13th of December 2006 at the SLIA Auditorium. The gathering gave a mandate to Archt. Nela De Zoysa to convene the meeting. She was elected as the Inaugural President of Forum CSA, followed by Archt. Kithsin Almeida, as the Vice President, Archt. Eeshani Mahesan as the Hony. Secretary and Archt. Mohan Neligama as the Hony. Treasurer and together with a 14 member General Committee.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF THE CITY SCHOOL OF ARCITECTURE
ForumCSA has organized numerous events and activities, during its 10 years of existence. The objectives of FORUM CSA are as follows,
- To act as a forum for the members.
- To widen the interest and association of the members in the field of architecture and allied fields.
- To enhance the social interaction and welfare of the members.
- To assist CSA to achieve higher educational recognition and affiliation to recognized allied colleges/institutes/universities.
- To assist CSA in the welfare of its students.
- To raise funds for education at CSA and for Forum CSA.
- To raise funds for charitable organizations and charitable events.
Discovering Potential – Forum CSA
"We do not create the work. I believe we, in fact, are discoverers." ~Glenn Murcutt
Architect Nandaka Jayasinghe is a young, vibrant individual who has entered in to the field of Architecture almost 7 years ago. The opportunity to have a candid chat on Architecture and his lifelong journey which started at 'The City School of Architecture' was indeed a pleasure. For him Architecture is not only the tedious academic career of 7 years that had completed, it is now his passion.
The City School of Architecture is headed by Past President SLIA Prof. Lal balasuriya, and is directed by a distinguished panel of Architects. The Part I course of the CSA Degree was established in 1986 and the Part II course in 1991 as courses of study conducted by the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA).
The school was named the Colombo School of Architecture in 1999. In 2008, the school was re-structured to have an independent management governed by the Board of Directors of City School of Architecture (Colombo) Ltd, headed by Archt. D. H. Wijewardane President of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA). The school’s name was changed to ‘City School of Architecture’ (CSA). CSA was granted RIBA accreditation in 2011 and SLIA accreditation in 2012. CSA partnered with University of the West of England in year 2012 to award degrees.
Archt. Nandaka Jayasinghe gave information on how the CSA students are molded in to the architects they are today; "The course is seven years long. This is for good reason! First part of the course is a full time academic course, while the final three years is part time where students get an in depth industrial training."
He also stated that there are many design based modules of study where the students get studio time with the lecturer, where there is one on one interaction with the teacher to learn, enhance and expand their knowledge.
"CSA has founded one of the best platforms for architecture students to engage in the profession, through an industrial connection they develop at an early stage of their student career. Forum CSA is the alumni organization of the City School of Architecture, which was established in 2006" exclaims Archt. Nandaka Jayasinghe, the current president of this association. Forum CSA was an initiative suggested by Prof. Lal Balasuriya (Past President of SLIA) and successfully established by their Founding President Archt. Nela de Zoysa. Forum CSA has been established in order to act as a forum for its members. The members are made up of CSA Graduates. Forum CSA actively organize events and activities which are of academic and professional relevance to its membership and students of CSA.
"We are currently involved in producing a publication which would showcase the diversity and design excellence of the CSA alumni " stated Archt. Nandaka Jayasinghe.
Time flies when discussing about one's passion and Archt. Nandaka was quite animated and high-spirited throughout the interview!
A core essence that CSA instills in their students according to Archt. Nandaka is that architects create spaces for people to live in and therefore, the social, cultural and emotional aspirations of the occupants are as important as their functional needs.