Sunela Jayewardene


Sunela Jayewardene has been widely recognized as ‘Sri Lanka’s leading environmental architect’ (Time, March 2007; India Today, 2008). Her primary design impulse is a serious concern for the ecology of sites and sustainability of human habitats. Environmental innovation is a central feature of her projects. Her work has been widely recognized with Vil Uyana for Jetwing Hotels being listed amongst the Top 25 Eco Lodges of the World by National Geographic in 2013, the HICAP award for Sustainable Design in 2006 and a Merit Award for Aesthetic Application from Holcim Lanka. The Rainforest Eco lodge in Deniyaya is one of 6 hotels in the world to be awarded LEEDS Platinum Status and Colombo Courtyards has been awarded, Best Hotel Interior, Asia Pacific by Hotel Properties International.
In addition, she has designed over 50 private homes and holiday villas both in Sri Lanka and India.

She is inspired by the culture, traditions and landscapes of Sri Lanka. She explores the future of Sri Lankan identity and seeks to preserve its culture by reviving its crafts, arts and vernacular design traditions through applications in contemporary buildings.
Sunela studied architecture at the prestigious, Pratt Institute, New York, USA and interned at The Centre for Human Environments, New York, USA.

In her free time, she travels extensively in Sri Lanka with her husband Karu and daughters, Amaya & Savera, exploring the disappearing elements of the island’s culture.

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