ANJALENDRAN & SHAYAN

Ar. ANJALENDRAN
Ar. SHAYAN
Anjalendran did his architectural B.Sc in Sri Lanka (1973), and completed his post-graduate diploma (1976) and a research masters (1979) in space syntax at University College London.

Returning to Sri Lanka in 1978, he next practiced architecture off his mother’s veranda, but simultaneously did errands of apprenticeship for the grand master of Sri Lankan contemporary architecture ,Geoffrey Bawa, for ten years for no fee following the guru-pupil system of learning in Asia, where he learned by watching the master resolve the dilemmas encountered by modern life and architecture.

Surrounded by circumstances of war, following his natural inclinations he embarked on projects which were utilitarian, but still retained an aesthetic appeal, perhaps better described as an architecture for everyday life. This is perhaps best exemplified by his veranda office which is folded away each evening; as well as his mode of conveyance, a bajaj three wheeler, which has recently been stylishly upgraded. For over 14 years Anjalendran did work for SOS KINDERDORF INTERNATIONAL providing care for orphan and destitute children. This work has received international recognition and demonstrates his ability to provide both, stability and tranquility, through the effective organization of space.

Anjalendran has exhibited and presented his work, as well as his writings on the contemporary architecture of Sri Lanka, internationally. His work has been published as “ Anjalendran – Architect of Sri Lanka” by David Robson, Tuttle ( Singapore), 2009. His work has been presented at the Royal Institute of British Architects in March 2010. In October 2011, he has also been honored with “ Golden Award for Global Contribution to Architecture” in New Delhi .

More recently in August 2015 “The Architectural Heritage of Sri Lanka: Measured Drawings from the Anjalendran Studio” by David Robson, was published by Laurance King.

Anjalendran has also been the first year design tutor, in the City School of Architecture in Sri Lanka for over 10 years., and has taught the subject of History from its inception. in October 1987.Furthermore he spends his spare time travelling through out the world looking at architecture & gardens.
Born in 1971, Shayan Kumaradas hails from the temple town of Nallur, Jaffna, the Northern Peninsula of Sri Lanka. He had his early education in Jaffna, surviving the early stages of ethnic war. In 1993, he made his way to Colombo to study Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, where he continues his architectural education for the next six years. On completing his Masters in 1998, he joined the practice of Nela De Zoysa. Having worked for two years with Nela and after getting his local charter, Shayan was invited by renowned architect C. Anjalendran to work for him on a couple of project. After completing four years under his mentor, he established his own practice in 2006, following Anjalendran with a ‘Veranda’ practice. Today he runs his architectural consultancy firm, Shayan Kumaradas Chartered Architects, along with a couple of young architects, working on island wide projects.

Shayan taught for a short spell at both the University of Moratuwa and then at the Colombo School of Architecture ( CSA ). At CSA, he ran the 2nd and the 5th Year studios for a few years, where he was instrumental in organizing student workshops with foreign Universities and conducting student exhibitions, both in Colombo and in the respective foreign Universities in Singapore, India and The United States.

After the ending of the 30 year old war in Srilanka, In 2013, he completed the First Post War public building for his home town Jaffna, The Jaffna HNB ‘Green’ Bank.

In 2015, his project for the Citizens Development Bank, won the Presidential Award for Construction excellence.

His works to date has been published in the Asian Architect Journal, Domus – Srilanka, and recently in the New SriLankan House, by Robert Powell, for Lawrence King Publishers Singapore.