Geoffrey Bawa (1919 -2003) is considered to be one of the most important Asian architects of the 20th century Born to wealthy Burgher parents, Bawa read English at Cambridge University and followed in his father's footsteps to become a lawyer. He soon realized that a career in law was not for him and went travelling. However, it was only after returning to Sri Lanka and buying the estate at lunuganga that he decided to become an architect. Bawa enrolled at the Architectural Association in London in 1956 and returned a year later to Colombo, where he set up a practice with other budding artists and architects, including Ena de Silva.
Bawa's earliest collaborator was the Danish architect Ulrick Plesner and together they worked on projects in the Tropical Modernist style. Although they parted ways in1966, 4 Plesner had a marked impact on Bawa's development as an architect. Bawa sought to create practical structures that blended modernity with tradition, and which fused the inside with the outside. During his 40 year career he completed more than 200 projects, of which very few survive in their original form.