Curriculum Vitae

Geoffrey Manning Bawa – 1919-2003

1919
Born July 23rd in Colombo
2nd son of Benjamin and Bertha Bawa

1930-37
Studied at Royal College, Colombo

1938-41
Studied English at Cambridge

1942-44
Studied Law in London

1946
Worked briefly as a lawyer with Noel Gratien

1946-48
Traveled across USA and Europe

1948 estate
Returned to Ceylon and bought an abandoned rubber at Lunuganga

1951
Worked as an assistant architect with HH Reid atEdwards Reid and Begg in Prince Street, Colombo

1950-53
Worked sporadically as a lawyer in Colombo

1954-57
Studied at the Architectural Association in London

1957
Joined Edwards Reid and Begg as a junior partner

1958-65
Worked in close association with UlrikPlesner

1959
Ena de Silva House, Colombo

1962
moved office to Alfred House Road

1967-89
Partner with Dr. K. Poologasundram in Edwards Reid Begg

1969
Bentota Beach Hotel

1971
Staff Club for Madurai Coates, Madurai

1972
Batujimbar Estate, Bali

1977
Mahaweli Building, Colombo

1979
New Sri Lanka Parliament, Kotte

1983
Ruhunu University Campus, Matara

1986
Exhibition at the Royal Institute of Architects, London publication of “Geoffrey Bawa”, Brian Brace Taylor Concept Media, Singapore

1990
Opened a new office in 33rd Lane

1990-97
Partner in Geoffrey Bawa Associates
(after 1995 with Channa Daswatte)

1991
Publication of “Lunuganga”, Geoffrey Bawa with Christoph Bon & Dominic
Sansoni, Times Editions, Singapore

1991
Kandalama Hotel, Dambulla

1993
Designated “Deshamaniya” by the President of Sri Lanka

1996
Blue Water Hotel, Wadduwa

1997
Jayawardene House, Mirissa

1998
Suffered a major stroke

2001
Received the Aga Khan Special Chairman’s Award

2002
Publication of “Bawa the complete works”, David Robson
Thames and Hudson, London

2003
Died May 23rd in Colombo

2004
DRetrospective exhibition “Bawa – Architect of Sri Lanka”
DeutchesArchitektur Museum, Frankfurt

2007
DPublication of “Beyond Bawa”, David Robson
Thames and Hudson, London