About Primali Paranagamage
I have a strong interest in socially responsible design that links research with practices related to the built environment. This interest has led to theoretically informed practice, funded research, publications and projects in the following areas.
1.Design for health and well-being - older people’s housing, rehabilitation of street children,
2.Regeneration and urban design – resettlement of slums and shanty dwellers, mixed income communities, walkability and neighbourhood design, social sustainability, holistic sustainability, post occupancy evaluation
3.Resettlement and rehabilitation after disaster such as in post war and post tsunami scenarios
4.The production of space in social change
In my early career, the numerous personalised houses I designed explored the ‘House as a symbol of the self’. A highlight of this practice includes the design of a house for a former cricketer of the World Cup winning Sri Lanka cricket team. At the other end of the scale, being passionate to explore the role architects for the marginalised, my entry to the Sri Lanka Institute of architects’ competition for a master plan and housing design to resettle canal bank dwellers was judged as the winner. It was successfully completed and to date sustains an upwardly mobile community. The work I exhibited on ‘What is Socially Responsible Design?’, organised by the Pratt Institute New York explored the contribution of architecture in rehabilitating Street Children. This exhibition toured the world for two years. As project architect for a leading practice, The Design Group five, Chartered Architects and Engineers, I was responsible for the design of the Colombo International School (CIS).
In the University of Moratuwa, RIBA validated School of Architecture I taught design studio and theory modules for undergraduate and post graduate architecture courses. I was awarded the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship for PhD studies. This allowed me to pursue PhD studies in the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, under the guidance of Professors Bill Hillier and Julienne Hanson, founders of Space Syntax.
I have conducted Post- doctoral research on the following projects:
Sustainable Urban Environment (SUE); Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, grant value £1.6M http://www.sue-mot.org
Health and Care Innovation Research Centre (HACIRIC), Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, grant value £ 10M http://www.haciric.org
Innovative Manufacturing and Construction Research Centre (IMCRC) Engineering and Physical Science Research Council grant value £ 13M http://www.lboro.ac.uk/eng/research/imcrc/index.html
Creating and sustaining mixed income communities in the UK, Joseph Rowntree Foundation grant value £50,000 http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/creating-and-sustaining-mixed-income-communities-good-practice-guide
Post Graduate Research Lead, School of Architecture and Design
Post Graduate admissions tutor
Year coordinator, M Arch (5th year)
Module coordinator, Post graduate Research Methods and Project
Module coordinator, level 3, Research Projects
Module coordinator, level 2 Design and Society
Design studio tutor
Design for health and wellbeing, rehabilitation, regeneration, urban design, resettlement, rebuilding after disaster, the built environment in social construction and social change
— The Bartlett School of architecture, UCL, UK,
RIBA (Part 2)
— Royal Institute of British Architects,
— University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka,
— Royal Institute of British Architects,
— University of Moratuwa,
Interdisciplinary student competition;Design guide for extra care housing in Lincolnshire
— LACE Housing Association,
Research Investment Fund
— Vice Chancellor, University of Lincoln,
Research Development group funding, Department of Architecture, University of Lincoln
— University of Lincoln,
First prize in the Space Syntax summer exhibition,
— Bartlett school of Graduate studies, UCL, London, UK,,
Awarded prestigious Commonwealth Academic scholarship
— Commonwealth Commission UK,
Winner Neighbourhood and Masterplan design competition,
— Sri Lanka Institute of Architects,
Exhibitor, Socially Responsible Design
— Pratt Insititute, NewYork, USA,
Recipient of Sri Lanka Institute of Architect’s medal for best student MSc (Architecture
— University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.,
Sub editor of the journal of the Sri Lanka Institute of architects ‘Sri Lanka Architect’ in 1995 -1997.
Member of Editorial Board, Journal: Built Environment, Sri Lanka
Reviewer for Journal of Urbanism and place making, Routledge
Reviewer for Journal Gender Work and organization, Wiley – Blackwell publishers
Journal reviewer BEPAM (Built Environment Project and asset management) Emerald Publishers
Member of the scientific committee of the conference on Sustainability and development in the Built Environment -The third world construction symposium, 2014 Colombo Sri Lanka.
Member of the scientific committee for fourth World construction symposium, June 2015, Colombo Sri Lanka, organised by CIOB.
Chair Athena SWAN charter submission for the School of Architecture, University of Lincoln
Panel member for The Office of Quality, Standards and Partnerships (OQSP) committee
Co - editor of Management of Environmental Quality, Emerald publishers. ISSN1477-7835 Volume 21 Number1 2010.
Organiser of SUE-MOT (sustainable Urban Environment- Metrics. Models and toolkits) conference 2009, Loughborough, UK, 2009. Funded by the EPSRC.
Reviewer of SUE-MOT conference 2009 on Second International conference on Whole Life Urban sustainability and its assessment, 2009
Journal reviewer Urban Design and Planning, publisher Institute of Civil Engineers 2010
Organiser of a series of exhibitions of young architects work; ‘Creations’ at University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka 1996
Chair of the Women and Gender Studies group in Loughborough University 2009-2011