The Sri Lanka Institute of Architects celebrated its 50th anniversary recently. This significant event in September 2007 was planned to coincide with the Arcasia forum 14, titled Asianation – Architecture across cultures. The theme explored architecture in an Asian context centredaround sub-themes: Asian endeavour, Asian Edge, and My Asia. A panel of distinguished guest speakers had myriad viewpoints on this broad subject relating to a common geographic locality.

The event began with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Institute, with several eminent guests speaking about the humble beginnings of the Institute and its growth and progress to the present important status in the industry. There were citations to past presidents of the SLIA, who worked tirelessly for the growth and development of the Institute. To commemorate this important milestone, a volume of the SLIA was launched titled β€˜The Architect 1957-2007.’

The keynote speaker, AIA 2006 gold medallist Antoine Predock, explored the underlying themes that define his work which included projects such as the National Palace Museum in Taiwan, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Austin City Hall in Texas, as well as a number of projects from his early career in the US.