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Sachini Kumi Wickramanayaka

Selected Works

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Bachelor of Science in Architecture Class of 2014 City School of Architecture Colombo, Sri Lanka Distinction /GPA -3.60



Auto-cad Sketch-up Rhino Revit Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign Adobe Illustrator Other Hand Drafting Model Making Research


-----------------------------------Public Interest Design Sustainable Design Architectural Photography

Architectural CO-OP Internship -May- August 2017 Egan Simon Architecture, Los Angeles, CA Project Types- Affordable Housing/ Residential - Mt. Rubidoux Manor: Affordable Senior Housing - Handled construction documents and construction administration tasks for 16 story apartment complex. - Volunteers of America- San Julian Sobering Center: Conducted the site survey and handled the project through the schematic design phase.

Architectural CO-OP Internship -August- December 2016 Collective Architecture, Washington DC Project Types- Corporate/ Lobby Interiors & Renovations/ Commercial - Illy’s Coffee: Conducted the initial site survey and handled the project through the schematic design phase. - Created cooperate test-fit layouts for multiple clients - 899 Capital One lobby renovation: Assisted the interior revamp from design development through construction document phase. Finalized interior finishes according to client requirements.

Architectural CO-OP Internship - Januray- April 2016 FRCH Designs Worldwide, Cincinnati OH Project Types- Commercial Large Format Stores - Dicks Sporting Goods: Handled construction documents and construction administration tasks for large format store roll-outs.

Assistant Architect – August 2014- August 2015 Sheran Henry Associates, Colombo, Sri Lanka Project Types- Residential/ Commercial/ Interiors/ Extensions & Renovations - Sri Lankan Air Lines business class lounge: Constructed the schematic design proposal package for a national design competition. - Doalog Axiata concept stores: Handled multiple store roll outs from schematic design through construction administration phase. - Lion Brewery (Ceylon) PLC: Schematic design of cooperate office layouts.

Intern– August 2013- October 2013 SLIA Charted Architect; Dakshina Palihawadana Private Practice, Colombo, Sri Lanka Project Types- Residential - Conducted site surveys along with documentation of existing conditions for multiple residential projects



Master of Architecture Class of 2018




Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati Volunteer for Design LAB: Learn and Build Program Cincinnati - Spring 2018

International Student Conference -Griefswald, Germany

Selected to participate in the above conference held in Griefswald, Germany from 3rd- 11th June 2016.

University of Cincinnati- School of Architecture and Interior Design Graduate Assistant- Summer 2016/ Spring 2017/ Fall 2017

University of Cincinnati- Department of Art Architecture and Planning

Student Volunteer in the organizing committee for the ACADIA conference held in October 2015.

Musaeus College- Colombo, Sri Lanka Senior Deputy Head Prefect - 2008 & 2009

Selected Works Academic The House of the Child ----------------------------------------- 01 A design for a Montessori preschool Kiosks for the Kids ----------------------------------------- 02 A design for a movable cart A Place for Interactions ----------------------------------------- 03 An Architectural research facility Damayan ----------------------------------------- 04 A Symbiosis of sanitation and nutrition The Collective Potential ----------------------------------------- 05 A different approach to flood resiliency

Professional Under the Banyan Tree ----------------------------------------- 01 A lounge for Sri Lankan Airlines Dialog Concept Stores ----------------------------------------- 02 Modularized interior revamp The Twin House ----------------------------------------- 03 A duplex in the suburbs

Other Installations ----------------------------------------- 01 Free Hand Drafting & Sketches ----------------------------------------- 02

01 The House of the Child A pedagogical approach to educational design

Children in Space- Education Studio Spring Semester - 2017 Location- Cincinnati, OH, USA Group Project


his studio was an exploration of how the built environment can be tailor made to suite the needs and principles of four main pedagogies of early childhood education. It explored the potential of a micro-environment to enhance or influence the learning outcomes of children. Throughout the duration of the studio collaborations were made between architecture students, teaching students and existing preschool institutions. For this project “Montessori� was the selected pedagogy and the

challenge was to design an early childhood center for 120 children aged between 1-5 years old. Some of the key principals of Montessori pedagogy is; - Providing a child centered environment - Allow the child to gain competency as well as responsibility - Provide opportunity to carefully observe and reflect on child’s growth and learning process

The challenge was incorporating adult centric program requirements into a child centric space without loosing the integrity of the space. As a result, the initial conceptual ideas was to create a house for the child that was protected by yet separate from the house for the adult. The adult house while accommodating functions like

Longitudinal Section

administrative offices and teacher resource areas, was punctured at few locations to reveal hints of the child’s house that lies beyond. The house of the child was then further broken down, so that each classroom becomes its own house. The different classrooms along with the adult wing of the building is all tied together using a circulation spine.

Second Floor Plan

First Floor Plan Each classroom took the shape of a simple “L” and included a courtyard. Due to the “L” shape of the classroom two teachers could easily observe the children both in and outside (the courtyard) the

class room. The butterfly roof on each of the classroom units would collect rain water at the center and channel it to the courtyard. During the rainy season this will become a natural element of play for children

Circulation Plan

Way-finding is an important aspect that was required to be incorporated into the design to foster independence and responsibility in children. A plank like floor finish that starts from the drop-off area is continued to the classroom. Wooden planks are dispersed into the concrete planks, almost as a hint to the kids, to show which way the classrooms are located (classrooms have a wooden floor finish).The plank pattern is also bled into the outdoor gross motor area, marking the child’s circulation territory.

The spatial quality of the hallway is also changed through the roof plane. The hallway section in the adult wing is kept fairly regular, while the hallway that connect the adult wing to the classroom wing has comparatively higher ceilings bringing the outdoors into the hallway. Then finally the hallway in the classroom wing mimics the same butterfly roof profile of the classroom giving a sense of undulation as one walks through the hallway, and the hallway finally terminates at the “reading stairs�.

02 Kiosks for the Kids A set of mobile kiosks for the local farmer’s market

Metro Lab- Design Build Studio Summer Semester - 2016 Location- Cincinnati, OH, USA Group Project


he design challenge was to design and build kiosks and a docking station for the kiosks for Findlay Market, a local farmers market in Cincinnati. It was a collaboration between UC’s MetroLab, Findlay Market and “Youth Hope INC.; a not for profit

working towards empowering kids from the minority community groups here in Cincinnati. The kiosks were required to be easily maneuverable and operated by kids while having enough surface area to conduct sales and storage capacity.

The design solution was six mobile kiosks with a docking station that could function as a multi purpose space during the day when the kiosks are being used in the market. The kiosk structure was made of a powder coated steel frame that was then wrapped with

a wooden lattice structure. The two storage drawers not only provided the required storage and surface area to work on but also allowed to balance the center of gravity of the structure to prevent it from tipping while being moved around

The docking station consisted of transformable elements that allowed it to be used for seating, storage and display. Due to natural insect repellent and, rot preventative qualities of “cedar� wood it was considered as a viable

material for the docking station. Aesthetically the differentiation in the color of the wood used for the kiosks and the docking station not only contrasted each other but also reiterated the difference in their utilization.

The lattice wrap was a major component of the design and functioned similar to a peg board, allowing for different elements such as chalk boards, bags, stamps to be hung from it. This also meant that

while the kiosks were being used the elements that were constantly utilized could be hung and easily be retrieved as required as oppose to being stored inside.

03 A Place for Interaction An approach that aims to create a dialogue between architecture, research & community

Integrated Design Studio Fall Semester - 2015 Location- Columbus, IN, USA Individual Project


he design challenge was to design an Architectural Research Facility in Columbus, Indiana. Integration of different strategies that deal with aspects such as daylighting, (natural) ventilation, program and circulation was one of the core exploratory ideas in the project. Instead of providing separate strategies for separate elements in design, the premise was to develop strategies that address a multitude of issues. The following points were

identified and was used as the generative method for the design. - As the site was a long narrow strip adjacent to a tall parking structure, directing daylight into the building was difficult. - The diverse elements of the program required different levels of privacy while requiring connectivity. - Columbus, Indiana already had an existing architectural heritage along with a tight-knit community.

Each courtyard to differentiate in spatial atmosphere according to the spaces that is adorning. The library and archive courtyard (top left) is relatively smaller, facilitates a spatial condition that is semi-public for its users. The users are encouraged to grab a book from the library and step outside to the courtyard to read it under the shade of a tree. And at the roof level spills over to create a roof garden in that wing. The public courtyard (top right) will be the largest in scale and the focal point of the building with a vertical sculpture garden against the adjacent parking garage. Public programmatic

elements such as main circulation, reception and lobby areas are located either within or adjacent to this courtyard The Housing courtyard ( bottom left) is more private and is only accessible through the housing units, hence they would be like the private gardens for the scholars and artists who would reside in the facility. It’s the smallest in size thereby having a more cozy atmosphere. Strips of concrete flooring are inserted with in the usual floor finishes to mimic the circulation towards the main public courtyard, and the same floor treatment is continued vertically up against the sculpture wall.

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Third Floor

Second Floor

First Floor

All the spaces and the courtyard/ skylight spaces are then wrapped around using a copper-stripped facade which is twisted to let in the adequate amount of light depending on the requirement of the space

04 Meaning: To help each other A symbiosis of sanitation and nutrition

Elective Seminar Course Spring Semester - 2017 Location- Manila, Philippines Group Project


uzette Flores and her family of six live in a nine-foot by nine-foot one room house in Payatas, a notorious scavenger slum community in the Philippines. Like many other families in Payatas, she cannot afford a toilet. Her family is limited in their options to remove human waste, so they all defecate in plastic bags. Due to poor and unsanitary living conditions her family often gets ill and has diarrhea.

Suzette realizes plastic bags are not sanitary and wants access to a healthier sanitation solution. This story is common in Payatas and like the Flores family there are roughly five million other residents experiencing this daily battle. This project aims to address the conditions represented by Suzette’s story. Sanitation & Nutrition will be addressed through a modular sanitation block coupled with a community garden.

The sanitation and water collection block would be a 10’-0” x 10’0” module built completely from locally sourced materials some of which are made from reused waste. One of the main building elements will be the “Ubuntu” block which utilizes local scrap material such as vetiver root, recycled

Styrofoam and plastic bags A year after the sanitation block has been in use, the 55-gallon waste-storage drum in the sanitation block would then be utilized to produce compost. The compost would in turn service a garden to supply the community with essential nutrition.

05 Collective Potential A network of acupuncture interventions for flood resilience

MArch Thesis Project- In Progress

Fall Semester - 2017 & Spring Semester 2018 Location- The Woodlands, Houston, TX Individual Project


he occurrence of natural disasters has increased in an alarming rate in the past decade due to the increasing effects of climate change. A joint report by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters recorded

3,062 natural flood disasters that occurred around the world between 1995 and 2015, making “flooding� the most commonly occurring natural disaster, 1 and with time the intensity and the frequency of such events will only continue to grow. This is an exploration on how architecture can intervene

and facilitate in preserving communities in the face of disaster, specifically in battling floods. “Resilience� is one of the concepts that have been brought forward to be instilled in vulnerable communities to lower the impact from such disasters as a preventative and

coping mechanism. While there are number of ways to achieve resilience in the built environment, this thesis aims to create a synthesis between resilience and urban acupuncture. It will consider strengthening communities from within, using a network of relatively smallscale, fast phased interventions.


y investigating “The Woodlands� a planned neighborhood as a case study, this thesis will argue that large scale water management solutions while extremely important will not suffice as a single solution particularly during a time of frequent and extreme

weather events. The different projects will try to synthesize non-architectural aspects such as neighborhood aspirations, requirements, potential and awareness into a network of architectural forms that would collectively increase neighborhood resiliency to floods

01 Sri Lankan Air Line Business Class Lounge Design Competition Entry

Sheran Henry Associates Colombo, Sri Lanka

Member of the project team Year 2014


n island wide design competition was organized in oder to gather design proposals for an interior revamp opportunity at the Bandaranayaka International Airport. The Sri Lankan airlines business class lounges in the airport was past due for an upgrade in the design as well as the amenities provided. The

competition prompt required the design to be not only a modern reinterpretation that catered to the current clientele but also something that show cased the Sri Lankan culture, heritage and identity. The biggest challenge was translating such intangible values into an interior design that also evoked comfort and repose.

Nature, people, culture & History are some of the key elements for which the island is best known for. It was identified that nature was a uniting element that ties together all the above aspects. The conceptual idea for the design

stemmed from the notion that people often feel the most relaxed under the shade of a tree. Hence one of the main columns in the space along with the undulating ceiling design was done to mimic a tree and its movement.

Other interior elements such as a wire sculpture mimicking the Kandian dancers and the perahera and smaller columns with rings decorated

using traditional art forms and temple murals elements were incorporated into the design to highlight the locality and the cultural identity .

02 Dialog Axiata Concept Stores Interior upgrade of retail stores

Sheran Henry Associates Colombo, Sri Lanka

Member of the project team Year 2014


Axiata, one of the leading telecommunication providers in the South Asian region was going through a re-branding process. Part of this shift in branding was focusing towards improving the customer experience in the stores through interactivity and an overall modern feel and look. This meant that the interiors

of more than 150 stores island wide had to be retrofit to suite the new brand concept. To allow replication without loosing the key elements of the re-branding concept. Hence all the furniture elements were modularized and depending on the floor area of each store certain items will be either added orsubtracted from the design while retaining key conceptual elements.

03 The Twin Houses The personalized suburban duplex

Sheran Henry Associates Colombo, Sri Lanka

Member of the project team Year 2014


he client’s requirement was a duplex house , where one house would become her own residence while the other house would serve as an apartment that would function as a long term rental unit to generate income. The client also insisted on a fast paced construction schedule. Added to

which the proposed site for the project also came with its own set of challenges. Such as an existing house on the lot that required to be demolished. Hence to assist the construction time line, the existing structure was included as much as possible in the new proposed design as well.

01 The Vesak Installation reinterpreting the paper lantern

Design- Build Studio

Summer Semester - 2013 Location-Colombo, Sri Lanka Group Project


his studio was organized around the Buddhist religious festival - Vesak. Traditionally during this cultural holiday people would make paper and bamboo stick lanterns, light pandals and other festive structures to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha.

The challenge was to reinterpret the idea and the design of the lantern while still preserving the core ideology of the lantern. The structure was built using metal scaffoldings that was then filled in with fabric panels. The fabric panels were constructed using a metal frame to which the different colored fabrics were then sewn in.

02 Interactive Mural A site specific Arduino Installation

Interactive Art - Elective Seminar

Fall Semester - 2017 Location- DAAP Individual Project


he main project intent was creating a site specific installation using the under utilized/artifact spaces that exist within the Department of Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP) building at UC. The installation was then required to be programmed to respond to an environmental stimulus that existed in the selected site and interact with it’s users. The site selected was the coat room opening located in the 4000 level of the building. By exploring

several design iterations and experimenting with different possible environmental stimuli it was decided to use ambient noise as the responsive element for the project. The design consisting of one holistic composition would havr circular pinwheels/ disks that would then rotate, as a response to the ambient noise level of the room. The kinetics of the installation was programmed to proportionately increase with the increase in noise levels.

A collection of free hand drawings and sketches

Jayawaradane WalawwaKathaluwa, Galle, Sri Lanka Plan, Building sections, Elevation and frontice detail

The Independence Square Colombo, Sri Lanka Perspective, Column & Detail

Dodandoowa Temple Dodandowa, Sri Lanka Stupa line drawing

Drawing of a stone Ganesh statue from the Polonnaruwa Kingdom12th Century C. Located now in Colombo National Museum

Temple Mural- line drawing

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