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Dulux creates opportunity for Sri Lankan students at World Architecture Festival

Ms. K.D.R.S. De Silva - Best Student, University of Moratuwa
Ms. K.D.R.S. De Silva – Best Student, University of Moratuwa

At the recently
concluded Sri Lankan Architecture Awards 2015, held at the BMICH, three
promising architecture students were given a golden opportunity to participate
in the world’s largest architecture festival. This dream experience was made
possible by Dulux, Sri Lanka’s leading provider of paints and coatings.

Adjudged winners at
the Sri Lankan Institute of Architects (SLIA) Awards 2015, the three students –
Damith
Premathilaka who was adjudged Best Young
Architect of 2015 from the SLIA, along with Maas Imad Asmone Faiham of the City School of Architecture (CSA), and Ms. K.D.R.S. De
Silva of the University of Moratuwa who were judged
Best Students at their respective institutions – will be among the first Sri
Lankan students to attend the festival in Berlin Germany.
Damith Premathilaka - Best Young Architect, SLIA
Damith Premathilaka – Best Young Architect, SLIA

Taking place from
16-18th November 2016 and comprising of an exhibition, conference and awards
ceremony, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) festival will present an
invaluable opportunity to witness and learn from some of the world’s most
influential contemporary architects and network with colleagues, industry trendsetters
and potential collaborators from across the globe.

Considered a gateway
to the global profession, the WAF is where the world architecture community
meets to learn and exchange ideas and be inspired. It is the only architecture
event where keynote talks from the industry’s influential figures sit alongside
live critical presentations and judging of over 350 award finalists, global
networking and a 400 project strong gallery and international product
exhibition.
Commenting on the
significance of the event Mr. Gerald de Saram, Managing Director of the company
behind the Dulux brand in Sri Lanka, AkzoNobel Paints Lanka Ltd, said: “We are
very pleased to have given these three talented students the chance to
participate in such a prestigious international festival for the very first
time and I’m confident that they will be able to learn a great deal and be
inspired to put that experience to work in Sri Lanka as well.
Maas Imad Asmone Faiham - Best Student, City School of Architecture
Maas Imad Asmone Faiham – Best Student,
 City School of Architecture

“Dulux and the Sri Lanka
Institute of Architects have maintained a strong relationship for over a decade
now and moving forward we hope to keep building on this relationship and
continue to do our part to help produce even more talented Sri Lankan
architects.”

In that context, he
further confirmed that AkzoNobel Paints Lanka would aim to continue investments
towards the further development of young talent in addition to its sponsorship
of similar events in future.

Owners of the Dulux
brand; the leading brand of paints in Sri Lanka, AkzoNobel is the world’s largest
manufacturer of paints and coatings and is rated among the Global Fortune 500
Companies of the world.

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