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Wednesday, April 27, 2016 — 9:30 AM EDT

Of the thesis entitled: Monsoon Notebook : Exploring Home

Abstract:

This thesis explores the meaning of home, and the role it plays in my relationship to architecture. It rests in the transitional space between my native Sri Lanka and Canada, where I have lived for the last eighteen years. When I began my Masters of Architecture, I attempted to connect with my original home, but there was no amount of academic research or technical expertise that could answer my questions. And so, without a clear objective, I followed an inward calling, that I needed to return to my place of birth.
 
This thesis records my rite of passage into architecture by undertaking a journey home, a less traditional interpretation of the Grand Tour. I set off to find meaning at the source, to the place where home and architecture meet, always searching through the lenses of everyday life. I began my trip in Colombo, and soon found myself in a deeply engaging yet rather unplanned series of experiences that helped define my relationship with my homeland. It was only by fully immersing myself within the place that I was able to discover its poetry; the sound, smell and feel of the rain awakened my senses, entering me and guiding me forward in my journey to finding meaning in architecture.
 
This is my monsoon notebook. It records, presents and re-presents my travels as a means of architectural grounding and self-discovery. My photographs, journal entries and childhood recollections depict a place of architectural learning that is now part of me, in my body and my senses.
 
The examining committee is as follows:
 

Supervisor:

Committee Members:

Andrew Levitt, University of Waterloo

​Robert Jan van Pelt, University of Waterloo

Rick Haldenby, University of Waterloo
  

External Reader:

Channa Daswatte, Sri Lanka

 


The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.

The Defence Examination will take place:  

Wednesday April 27, 2016
9:30AM

ARC 1001

A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.

Location 
ARC - School of Architecture
Lawrence Cummings Lecture Theatre (ARC 1001)
7 Melville Street South

Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4
Canada

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