Buzz with Danu - A Lasting Impact

Jul 26 2023.

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Today on the Buzz I speak to the team making A lasting Impact. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Chapter in Sri Lanka is organizing an International Conference on Architecture in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Italian Embassy of Sri Lanka on the theme: “Architecture: A Lasting Impact” on Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th August 2023, at the Oak Room, Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo.

This Conference which would be the first of its calibre in Sri Lanka, features 12 International Starchitects from around the world to uplift the morale of Sri Lankan Architects & the image of Sri Lanka in the eyes of the World, thus boosting the Economy of the Country. Today I speak to the core team who are making it possible. 

1. Tell me about the big event you have planned.
The event we have planned is a groundbreaking conference in Sri Lanka, jointly organized by RIBA Sri Lanka and AIA International, making it the first of its kind in the country.

This conference goes beyond mere building design; it explores how architecture profoundly influences people's lives, perceptions of reality, and emotional experiences. It recognizes architecture's transformative power, affecting individuals, communities, and entire cities.

The main objective of the conference is to foster a collaborative and dynamic exchange of ideas, expertise, and wisdom among architects, bringing together architects from both local and international backgrounds. The ultimate aim is to create a revolutionary and harmonious intersection that positively impacts our thriving world.

The conference will showcase architects who have left a lasting impact on the field, leaving behind profound and enduring influences on the world. The central theme of the event revolves around the concept of "A Lasting Impact".

2. When is it happening?
The event is scheduled to take place on the 5th and 6th of August 2023 at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel Colombo.

3. What is the importance of putting together a conference with these personalities?
Organizing a conference with star architect personalities has a wide-ranging impact, encompassing knowledge sharing, networking, and inspiration for innovation. This endeavour serves as a valuable platform for advancing the field of architecture and fostering positive change within the industry.

4. Sri Lanka has a rich Architectural History. How would a conference like this showcase Sri Lankan Talent?
By offering an international platform for Sri Lankan architects to showcase their knowledge, creativity, and vision, the conference enhances the recognition of Sri Lanka's architectural heritage and contemporary talent. This exposure fosters a greater appreciation for the country's architectural history and contributes to the promotion of its distinctive architectural identity on a global scale.

The conference incorporates guided tours and site visits to noteworthy architectural sites in Sri Lanka, enabling attendees to experience the captivating beauty and variety of Sri Lankan architecture, spanning from ancient structures to modern designs.

5. Let's talk about all the people and the work that was put into bringing this conference together.
The success of the upcoming conference relies on the dedicated efforts of Archt. Nela De Zoysa, the RIBA SL Committee, generous sponsors, and all the individuals involved in its organization.

6. What can one expect on the days of the conference?
The conference days will be filled with enriching interactions, as Sri Lankan and international architects, construction industry stakeholders, and distinguished guests engage in valuable exchanges of ideas and conversations.

7. How can interested parties be a part of it?
Interested parties can become part of the conference through various means, including sponsorship opportunities, partnerships, and participating as guests by purchasing tickets.


Danu Innasithamby

Danu is a Jaffna Boy with a Marketing qualification (only because he needed to study, and not because he wanted it). He has been a part of the team for seven years and is the face behind Buzz with Danu, and WTF.


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