Conference Venue - The Blue Water, Wadduwa


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


"Special Issues"
Extended papers from FARU 2017 proceedings
will be invited to be published in Special Issues
of "Archnet-International Journal of Architectural Research (Archnet-IJAR) in July 2018"
details available on Journal website.

"Construction Economics and Buildings in September 2018" - details to be available soon

Publish on special issue of Architectural Science Review in 2018- contact Dr. Richard Hyde, Editor-in-Chief, after publishing proceedings FARU 2017

"Special Issue of International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment"

Extended papers from FARU 2017 Proceedings in disaster management and resilience areas will be invited to publish in a Special Issue of International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment" - in early 2018. This is a SCOPUS ranked journal and Editor of the Journal is Professor Dilanthi Amarathunge of University of Huddersfield, UK. In addition, the best paper award and two other highly-commended awards will be given to papers in this area at the conference.

The Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline :
27th July, 2017

Notification on abstract acceptance :
14th August, 2017

Full paper submission deadline :
30th September, 2017

Notification on full paper submission:
24th October, 2017

Final print ready paper submission
3rd November, 2017

8th & 9th December, 2017

Conference Tour:
10th December, 2017


Faculty of Architecture Research Unit (FARU) of University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and National Science Foundation (NSF) of Sri Lanka are jointly organizing the 10th International research conference on architecture/built environments in Colombo between 08th – 10th December 2017. The conference will provide a forum for researchers, academics, practitioners and students in the areas of architecture, built environment, planning, building economics and integrated design. Authors are invited to submit abstracts written in English within 300 words in areas related to the theme and sub themes of the conference.

Conference host
Faculty of Architecture Research Unit (FARU) of University of Moratuwa will be the main organizer of the conference. National Science Foundation of the Ministry of Science and Technology will be the co-organizer of the conference.

Conference Theme
Architecture (and built environment) provides refuge from the external environments but has a multitude of needs and functions to perform and care. The domain of architecture is thus diverse and includes responses to various needs underlining the essential role research has for the furtherance of and sharing knowledge for the practice and discipline. The impact of architecture as a social product, environmental, contextual and technological entity and economic discipline on quality of life leads to policy relevance, practice and further research. While to a certain extent, these concerns are independent domains of knowledge, they interact together in the design process and performance during occupancy and usage. Architecture thus involves team work and multi-disciplinary (and inter disciplinary) approach for innovation – hence the need to understand the art and science of creating meaningful built environments.

Theme of FARU 2017 recognizes design as a discipline that cares and serves a multitude of concerns and functions through its life cycle within a broader context of built environment involving architecture, town and country planning, building economics and product design. FARU 2017 invites research papers from academics, researchers, students and practitioners from all these disciplines and allied fields.

Scope and call for papers
FARU 2017 highlights the significance of architecture (built environment) in caring environmental, physical, energy, socio-cultural, and economic concerns and needs, and thus the quality of life of people. Annual 10th International Conference of FARU in 2017 invites contributions on research and intellectual developments as well as on innovative case studies in the following areas:

Architecture, Environment and energy
  • Sustainable building forms (energy efficiency, eco buildings, retrofitting, building performance)
  • Climate responsive buildings (passive design, indoor thermal comfort, adoptive responses)
  • Day lighting and active lighting (user perception and green design)
  • Indoor environmental quality (health, pollution and occupancy)
  • Renewable energy integration (zero emissions and net metering)
  • Building simulations and predictions (Building performance)
  • Adapting to climate change (resilient environments, combating overheating and floods)
  • Building physics (Heat transfer, passive heating, cooling)

  • Architecture, People, socio-cultural and physical context
  • Social housing and design for people (architecture as a social entity)
  • Conservation and heritage (challenges and opportunities)
  • Human systems and patterns (post occupancy, social art)
  • Colour and perception in space(human behavior, impacts)

  • Architecture, Technology and materials
  • Green design and efficiency (energy and innovations)
  • Robust use and innovation (detailing and art of tolerance)
  • Smart technologies (future buildings, urban environments)
  • Bio-mimicry and sustainability (order and metaphor in nature)

  • Cost, management and life cycle
  • Green building practices and green materials (life cycle costing, green rating and sustainability)
  • Project management and sustainability (energy management, cost management, disaster management)
  • Construction industry transformation (Entrepreneurship, education, resilience of built environment)
  • Labour and delivery challenges (legal aspects, risk management)
  • Lean and lean construction, BIM for construction

  • Urban environments, planning, urban health and climate
  • Urban microclimates and outdoor comfort (people, adaptation to climate, climate change)
  • Planning for future resilience (natural disasters, man-made disasters)
  • Planning science (theories)
  • Transport, built environment and planning (air pollution, energy and development)
  • Built environment and urban health (Non-Commutable Diseases and urban living)
  • Urban architecture and people

  • Integrated design
  • Product design, merchandising and indoor health
  • Fashion design transformation
  • Graphic design

  • Landscape Architecture

    Keynote Speakers:
    Professor Susan Roaf    Professor Geoffrey Qiping Shen 
    Heriot-Watt University,
    United Kingdom

    Sue Roaf is Professor of Architectural Engineering at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. Having spent ten years in Iran and Iraq she completed academic studies on the windcatchers of Yazd, nomadic architecture in Iran, and the ancient water systems, technologies and archaeology of Iraq. She has an international reputation for work on thermal comfort, photovoltaics, passive building design, ecohousing, and the education of architects. She is the author of a number of books on Benchmarks for Sustainable Buildings, Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change and Ecohouse Design. Professor Roaf Chaired the 2nd International Congress on Solar Cities in Oxford 2006. She is an internationally recognised speaker on issues of the environment and buildings and gave the Keynote talks at the ARBS2010 in Sydney and the ASHRAE 2009 Conferences, being the premier HVAC conferences in South East Asia and the USA respectively.

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      Faculty of Construction and Environment,
    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    Professor Geoffrey Shen is the Chair Professor of Construction Management and Associate Dean of Faculty of Construction and Environment of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has a proven record of accomplishment of accomplishment of academic and research leadership in construction management with special interest in sustainable construction supported by information and communication technologies. He has led a large number of research projects with total funding over HK$35 million, and has authored more than 200 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals. He is member of the editorial boards of several leading journals, and has been invited to give keynote presentations in a number of international conferences. He has served the built environment panel of the Research Assessment Exercise in Hong Kong in 2006, and he is the immediate past Chair of the Global Leadership Forum in Construction Engineering and Management Programs. Professionally, he is an Eminent Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Value Management (HKIVM).

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    Dr. Katherine Moline    Prof. Arun Gupta 
    University of New South Wales,

    Dr Katherine Moline is an artist, designer and academic. She is the Associate Dean Research Training in the Faculty of Art & Design, University of New South Wales, Sydney. Katherine’s research explores the cross-overs between artistic avant-gardes and contemporary experimental design, with a current focus on the social imaginaries of data emerging in recombinations of art, science and design. Recent research projects she has led include The Selfie and Social Activism at UNSW Art & Design, Sydney (2016); and the exhibitions Climactic: Post Normal Design at Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (2016); Experimental Thinking: Design Practices at Griffith University Gallery, Brisbane (2015); Experimental Practice: Provocations in and Out of Design at RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne (2015); and Feral Experimental at UNSW Galleries, Sydney (2014). Her research has been widely published in book chapters, academic journals, conference proceedings, and exhibition catalogues. She has served on editorial boards and peer-review committees for a number of journals including Material Thinking and Radical Designist.

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      National Institute of Design,

    Prof. Arun Gupta has taught various filmmaking courses (including Direction, Scriptwriting, Film Language and Film Appreciation) for more than two decades, at NID and elsewhere. He has a Post- Graduate Diploma in Film Direction from Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, India and a BA in English Literature from the University of Delhi, India. He has had a long stint in Indian television before joining full-time teaching at NID. He has served as Jury in several International Film Festivals, runs a biennial Asian Short & Documentary Film Festival at NID called "Alpavirama" and has been writing a book on Hindi Film Villains. He believes that the soul of India - South Asia resides in its syncretic traditions and practices, and they need to be more robustly celebrated in the times that are."

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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
    Professor Kanchana Perera, Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
    Dr. Thanuja Ramachandra, Senior Lecturer, Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
    Dr. Mohammad Arif Kamal, Associate Professor, Architecture Section, Aligarh Muslim University, India

    Organizing Committee:
  • Symposium Chair: Prof. Lalith de Silva
  • Symposium Co-chair: Dr. Upendra Rajapaksha
  • Members: Ms. Shaleeni Mariadas, Dr. Indrika Rajapaksha, Archt. Prasanna Liyanage, Archt. Kavindra Herath, Dr. H. Chandanie
  • Secretariat: Mr. AMS Attanayake, Mr. R A J Kithsiri