Architect and Urban Designer, Sri Lanka
by Dr Nirmal Kishnani
Madhura Prematilleke, at one point, was seen to be anti-Bawa by some in the architecture fraternity in Sri Lanka. This was a misreading of his position on the well-known Sri Lankan architect, Geoffrey Bawa. In an interview with FuturArc editor-in-chief, Dr Nirmal Kishnani, he explains why the Bawa legacy is complex. It is of deep significance to his country yet, at the same time, distracting architects from pressing issues at hand. Prematilleke studied architecture at Moratuwa and Helsinki, and has worked in Sri Lanka, Finland, India, China, Oman and the Maldives. He has won numerous design awards and his work has been published internationally; his was the only Sri Lankan project featured in The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary Architecture (2004). His recent works include the Royal Bakery on Galle Road in Colombo, and the Jaffna Cultural Centre (2010), now under construction.
NK: Let’s start with your work: projects and process. What guides you?