‘Architect 2017’: Member’s Work and Trade Exhibition kicks off
Feb 17, 2017 – ‘ARCHITECT 2017’ the pre-eminent and most popular exhibition hosted by Sri Lanka Institute of Architect’s (SLIA) established in 1957, the institute of architecture in the country, kicked off for the 35th consecutive year at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) on 16 February.
The Members’ Work and Trade Exhibition with 305 stalls and 135 panels displaying architects’ work is opened to the general public from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. till 19 February, providing the ultimate experience for the viewers.
This exhibition is showcasing the work of architectural firms, creations and course work of the students of architecture from the University of Moratuwa and the City School of Architecture. The trade exhibition will consist of trade stalls, displaying a variety of products both imported and locally manufactured, ranging from products related to construction, sanitary ware, interior decors as well as landscaping. Several new technologies available in the local market are also displayed. An awards scheme will recognise the best trade stalls that reflect the theme.
The inauguration ceremony of the Annual Sessions of 2017 was held on 14 February followed by this year’s National Conference on 15 February under the theme ‘Return of the City’ – Mega Structure Redefined and the event was graced by Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka (MP) as the Chief Guest.
World renowned architects such as Archt. Moshe Shafdie and Archt. Gibson Rhie delivered the keynote speeches and shared their expertise knowledge on architecture and urban designing. Our very own Sri Lankan renowned architects such as Archt. Dr. Ronald Silva, Archt. Madhura Prematileke, Archt. D.B. Navaratne and foreign architects such as Archt. Prof. Miki Desai and Archt. Tomohiko Yamanashi also shared their knowledge on architecture and urban designing. This year’s national conference was concluded as one of the main events at the regional level.
Alumex Group has led as the Strategic Sponsor, holding to the top spot while Lankem Robbialac has joined hands with SLIA as the Principal Sponsor. Idea Group Ltd. sponsored the National Conference – 2017 while Naveen Ceramic Ltd. is sponsoring the SLIA Member’s Event. Ranjanas Ceramic Ltd., True Value Products Ltd. and Nippon Paint Lanka Ltd. joined hands as the Associate Sponsors and Abans Engineering Ltd., St. Anthony’s Ltd., Hayleys Lighting Ltd. and Melwa Ltd. joined hands as the Event Sponsors.