Team



Bawa 100 Programme Advisor:

Suhanya Raffel


Suhanya was appointed Executive Director of M+ in November 2016. Her curatorial career began in 1984 and she has over 30 years of experience as a museum curator and leader. Prior to joining M+, Ms. Raffel was Deputy Director and Director of Collections at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia and Acting Director of the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Australia. She is a Trustee of the Geoffrey Bawa Trust and the Lunuganga Trust, and a member of the board of the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM).



Bawa 100 Programme Advisor:

Channa Daswatte


Channa joined Geoffrey Bawa’s architecture practice in 1991 and was the last partner of the firm. In 1998, he established MICD Associates, where he is a principal, in partnership with Murad Ismail. Channa is the Chairperson of the Galle Heritage Foundation and has worked on a number of architectural, conservation and curatorial projects, including the Corridors of Power Installation which was exhibited at the most recent Dhaka Art Summit in 2018. Channa authored and edited Sri Lanka Style (2005) has written for and edited a number of publications including A+U and Sri Lanka Institute of architects journal. Channa is also a trustee of the Geoffrey Bawa Trust and chairperson of the Lunuganga Trust.



The Lunuganga Trust Curator:

Shayari de Silva


Shayari has been the Lunuganga Trust’s Curator of Art and Archival Collections since 2018. She has worked previously at the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Centre for British Arts. She has also worked as an architect for 4 years in Colombo and in New York, and was co-editor of Perspecta 51: Medium, the Yale Architecture Journal, published by MIT Press in 2018.



Programme Manager:

Shanika Perera


Shanika worked at Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo for 2 years, which led her to her role as curatorial assistant for two consecutive years for Cinnamon Colomboscope 2016–2017. She is an ARThink South Asia (ATSA) fellow for 2017–2018, where she participated in a management, policy and research programme in the arts and cultural sector. She was the festival manager for the recently concluded Colomboscope 2019.



Communications and Design Manager:

Thilini Perera


Thilini is an independent multidisciplinary designer, who has contributed in a creative capacity to advertising, publishing, and design education industries in Sri Lanka and Vietnam over the past decade. She was part of the core team of Sri Lanka Design Festival in 2011 and 2012. She headed communications and design for Colomboscope 2017 and 2019.



Associate Designer:

Christopher Silva


Christopher studied architecture at the University of Moratuwa 2013–2018. He has worked previously with ADM Architects, led by Amila de Mel, where he was involved in the reconstruction and restoration of Geoffrey Bawa’s Ena de Silva house project among other residential work.