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Conference Venue - Galle Face Hotel, Colombo


Dr. Upendra Rajapakshe
(Director - FARU)
Faculty of Architecture
University of Moratuwa
Sri Lanka
Email: faru@uom.lk
Phone: +94 77 3466346

The Important Dates

Deadline for abstract submission:
10th May, 2016 Extended to 18th May 2016

Notifications of acceptance of abstracts:
24th May, 2016

Full Paper submission:
11th July, 2016

Notification of Acceptance of Final Paper:
29th July, 2016

Final paper submission for publication
15th August, 2016

9th & 10th September, 2016

Conference Tour:
11th September, 2016


The 9th International Conference organized by Faculty of Architecture Research Unit (FARU) of University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka will be held on 9-10 September 2016 in Galle Face Hotel in Colombo. This year’s conference theme is “Building the Future- sustainable and resilient built environments”. Abstracts of 250-300 words are invited to be submitted by 10th May 2016. All papers will be double, blind refereed. Proceeding will be published (both hard and electronic version) with the conference.

This international conference invites original contributions from researchers, academics, students as well as practitioners, in research areas related to built environments, architecture, planning and urban design, building economics and integrated design with a focus on the theme. Topics of the papers include but are not limited to:

  • Architecture and resilience
  • Design for people
  • Climate change and buildings
  • Energy sustainability of built environments
  • Materials, technology and resilient environments
  • Planning for future resilience
  • Planning for environmental sustainability
  • Climate change and resilient urban environments
  • Urbanization, resilience and urban health
  • Low energy architecture
  • Cultural sustainability and buildings
  • Building physics and sustainable design
  • Aerodynamics and resilient indoor environments
  • Sustainable construction and resilient environments
  • Risks reduction and construction
  • Collaborative actions towards societal challenges and resilience
  • Management in construction
  • Regionalism and buildings
  • Integrated design and indoor environments
  • Product design and healthy interiors
  • Indoor and outdoor thermal comfort
  • Green construction and environment
  • Adapting to warming climates

  • Conference Theme
    In recent years, there has been a need to make buildings able to withstand natural and man-made disasters and disturbances as well as long term changes in the surrounding environment resulting from climate change effects that would otherwise be catastrophic. Further, there is starting to be research and practice initiatives to understand the dynamics of changes in the environment. This effort is not only focused onto natural disasters due to climate change but to other significant and unforeseen areas such as quality of life, indoor and outdoor environments, energy use, health and well-being of people due to built environments and environmental and social cultural sustainability of the buildings.

    Resilient built environments are the appropriately and intentionally design spaces, neighborhoods, cities and communities in order to address and challenge negative effects of disturbances. With building owners, occupiers and designers constantly trying to meet project timelines and goals to deliver maximum profits and short term benefits, resilience of built environments are least concerned. Therefore, how can we design future resilient built environments protecting occupants and users, our cities and neighborhoods is a question to address and investigate.

    Abstract submission
    Abstracts of 250-300 words are invited to be submitted for double – blind review. Do not include the author details with the abstract. Once the abstract is submitted through the Conference Management System and via e mail, an “Identification Number” will be allocated for each submission. Selected authors will be invited to submit a full paper for a further review.

    Click here to submit your Abstract. In addition,
    please forward a PDF version via e mail faru@uom.lk


    Keynote Speakers:

    Professor Koen Steemers    Professor Amal S. Kumarage 
    Professor of Sustainable Design
    Head of the Department of Architecture
    The University of Cambridge, UK

    Koen Steemers is an architect and environmental design specialist and Professor of Sustainable Design in the Department of Architecture, where he was Head of Department (2008-14), and Head of Research as the Director of the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies (2003-08). His current work deals with the environmental performance of buildings and cities, ranging from energy use to human wellbeing. He leads the ‘Behaviour and Building Performance’ research group of 15 academics and research students in his Department.

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      Senior Professor
    Department of Transport & Logistics
    University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

    Amal Kumarage is a transport sector professional with over 30 years experience in academia, government and consulting. As an academic and researcher he has set up several academic programs and a department of study at the University of Moratuwa where he is currently a Senior Professor. He has served as advisor to several ministries in the Government of Sri Lanka as well as the Maldives. He has served as a World Bank and ADB consultant both in Sri Lanka and many other Asian countries. He holds a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Moratuwa and a PhD in Transport Planning & Engineering from the University of Calgary.

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    The Scientific Committee:

    Professor Richard Hyde, Editor in Chief- Architectural Science Review Honorary Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, Australia
    Professor Fergus Nicol, Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Oxford Brooke University, United Kingdom
    Professor Juergen Reichardt, Munster University of Applied Sciences, Germany
    Prof. Horoshi Yoshino, Professor Emeritus, Tohoku University, Japan and Secretary Science Council Asia
    Professor Susan Roaf, Hariot Watt University, United Kingdom
    Professor Richard Haigh, Global Disaster resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom
    Professor Robert Brown, Professor of Architecture, Plymouth University, United Kingdom
    Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom
    Professor Marc Aural Schnable, School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
    Professor Samitha Manawadu, Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
    Dr. Sepani Senaratne, Western Sydney University, Australia
    Professor Rohinton Emmanuel, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
    Dr. Jagath Munasinghe, Senior Lecturer, Department of Town and Country planning, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
    Dr. Indrika Rajapaksha, Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
    Dr. Rangika Halwathura, Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
    Dr. Angelique Chettiparambil, University of Reading, United Kingdom
    Professor Barbara Rahder, York University, Canada
    Dr. Julie Rudner, La Trobe University, Australia
    Dr. Yasangika Sandanayake, Senior Lecturer, Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
    Dr. Wasana de Silva,Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
    Dr. Rizvi Noordeen, Senior Lecturer, Department of Town and Country planning, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
    Associate Professor, Tilanka Chandrasekara, Oklahoma State University, USA
    Dr. Shaleeni Cooray,Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

    Organizing Committee:
  • Symposium Chair: Prof. Lalith de Silva
  • Symposium Co-chair: Dr. Upendra Rajapaksha
  • Members: Ms. Shaleeni Mariadas, Dr. Indrika Rajapaksha, Archt. Prasanna Liyanage, Dr. Rasanga Wijethunga, Dr. Yasangika Sandanayake, Archt. Nadeeka Jayaweera, Archt. Kavindra Herath
  • Secretariat: Mr. AMS Attanayake, Ms. Tharanga Kumari, Mr. Pricil de Mel &
  • Mr. R A J Kithsiri