Establishment of the Sri Lanka Institute of Landscape Architects (SLILA)

Sri Lanka Institute of Landscape Architect (SLILA) was established on the 24th July 2009 under the act no.33 of 2009 which was published in the gazette notification of 12th June 2009. The ceremonial inauguration was held under the patronage of Hon.Dinesh Gunawardena (Minister of Urban Development and Sacred Area Development) who was instrumental in establishing SLILA, on 13th August 2009 at Diyawanna Lake, Waters Edge, Battaramulla amidst a distinguish gathering of professionals and well-wishers.

The main objective of the institute as embodied in the act, are
(a) To develop the profession of landscape architecture in Sri Lanka to internationally accepted standards.
(b) To provide leadership and guidance to the profession to fulfill the much desired need of a professional in the field of sustainable development in the country.

At present only the University of Moratuwa conducts a postgraduate course in landscape architecture on par with the accredited courses in other countries and the board is making final arrangements for the undergraduate course to be conducted at the same venue.

Hon.Minister Dinesh Gunawardena addressing the gathering, rest of the members in the head table from left are:Vice President - Priyanka Ranathunga (board of investment) President - Hester Basnayaka (former director,environment and landscape,urban development authority /UDA),President Elect - Shirani Balasooriya (course director - landscape studies,university of Moratuwa), Secretary - Shereen Amendra (sun consultants).

Hon.Minister Dinesh Gunawardena addressing the gathering, rest of the members in the head table from left are:Vice President - Priyanka Ranathunga (board of investment) President - Hester Basnayaka (former director,environment and landscape,urban development authority /UDA),President Elect - Shirani Balasooriya (course director - landscape studies,university of Moratuwa), Secretary - Shereen Amendra (sun consultants).

Rest of the team members are: Assistant Secretary - Chandana Kalupahana (UDA ), Treasurer - D.Hettiarachchi (deputy director,environmrnt and landscape,UDA)Assistant Secretary - Radha de silva  (former director - UDA) Council members, K.A.D Chandradasa (director-UDA ) Susira Udalamatta(University of Moratuwa),Sanka Wimaladharma,Wasana Dhrmadasa (UDA).

Distinguished Guests

Pictures by courtesy of Chinthaka Jayakody of the Environment and Landscape Division of the Urban Development Authority

The SLILA Founding Members include

President – Hester Basnayaka (former director,environment and landscape,urban development authority /UDA), Vice President – Priyanka Ranathunga (board of investment), President Elect – Shirani Balasooriya (course director – landscape studies,university of Moratuwa), Secretary – Shereen Amendra (sun consultants). Assistant Secretary – Chandana Kalupahana (UDA ), Treasurer – D.Hettiarachchi (deputy director,environmrnt and landscape,UDA)Assistant Secretary – Radha de silva (former director – UDA) Council members, K.A.D Chandradasa (director-UDA ) Susira Udalamatta(University of Moratuwa),Sanka Wimaladharma,Wasana Dhrmadasa (UDA).

Guest Article by
Sanka Wimaladharma
Landscape Architect,
(Founder Member SLILA)
Visiting Lecturer, Royal Botanic Gardens Peradeniya.
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World Landscape Architect thanks Sanka Wimaladharma for taking the time to write and submit this article.

In the News Weekend – 23/24 August

The city the mayor (painstakingly) built with Mayor Menino (Boston) Development Tour Video [Boston.com]

KC needs regional transit system [Kansascity.com]

Venice’s urban potting green [Los Angeles Times]

Biology Building(UT El Paso) boasts ‘green roof’ [El Paso Times]

Becker County Wetland District looking for volunteers [DL Online]

Discover the beauty of ornamental grasses [Seattle Times]

In the News – 21 August

Hybrid: Architecture & Planning Strategies for Renewable Cities – 27 August – The Center for Architecture, New York, NY
Organised by the AIA New York Duzan Doepel will address some of the challenges of sustainable urban and architectural design with respect to climate change in Holland. He will illustrate how contemporary Dutch designers are thinking about these issues using examples from DSA, West 8, deUrbanisten, VenhoevenCS and MVRDV. Free for members; $10 for non-members
RSVP needed at AIA NY

Have you read World Landscape Architect and thought about learning more about landscape architecture?
UC Berkeley Extension is having a Landscape Architecture Certificate Program Information Session on the August 25 from 11:30-1:00pm For more information about the Landscape Architecture program, visit www.unex.berkeley.edu/cert/land.html. Please call (510) 642-4111 to reserve a space; refer to EDP 025312.

Asheville looking for volunteers to serve on a Downtown Master Plan Action Committee. Members of the committee will work with business groups, nonprofit groups or city staff to assist with accomplishing the goals in the Master Plan.
For more information go to Citizen Times

UNM Dean to step down in 2010

UNM Today announced that Dean and Professor Roger Schluntz, FAIA, will resign as dean of UNM’s School of Architecture and Planning on June 30, 2010.

UNM Today
quoted Schluntz as saying

“a number of truly remarkable accomplishments as well as many critical incremental transformations” at the School.

A national search will begin this fall and intends for a new dean to be hired when Schluntz steps down.

SOURCE: UNM Today

Adriaan Geuze (West 8) interviewed by Wall Street Journal

J. S. MARCUS of Wall Street Journal recently interviewed Adriaan Geuze, founder of West 8.

Marcus asks Adriaan questions relating to the discipline of Landscape Architecture and the difference between landscape architecture, architecture, and planning. Also queries Geuze about why landscape architect stays regional in comparison to building styles which go global. The interview continues on chatting about a West 8 project and West 8’s home city of Rotterdam. An interesting interview with one of the world’s leading landscape architects.

Goto Redefining Urban Spaces – WSJ.com to read the full interview.

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