Oral Histories Project





The Geoffrey Bawa Oral History Programme, initiated in 2018 as part of the Centenary Programme, is  part of the Trust’s efforts to expand the repository of primary source material available on Geoffrey Bawa and his practice.


Through a series of informal conversations with Bawa’s former friends, colleagues and collaborators, recorded in audio and video formats, the programme seeks to reflect on the nature of Bawa’s architectural practice, his methods, his personality and the many important collaborators who enabled and enriched the work, thus enabling deeper study of Bawa’s work. Extracts of the conversation will be made available on the Trust’s website in January 2020. Our oral historians will include Amila de Mel, Anura Ratnavibushana, Channa Daswatte, David Robson, Deepal Wickremasinghe, Dilshan Ferdinando, Ismeth Raheem, Laki Senanayake, Michael Snelling, Philip Fowler, Pierre Pringiers, Saskia Pintelon, Suhanya Raffel and Sunethra Bandaranaike. The Oral Histories programme is an ongoing endeavour that will continue after the centenary year, and the Trust encourages submissions of potential historians and anecdotes to archives@gbtrust.net.