Sri Lankan architect Palinda Kannangara has a background in mathematics and architecture. He joined the study course conducted by the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects and received his charter in 2004. Founded in 2005, his Sri Lanka-based architecture firm, Palinda Kannangara Architects, is known for an experiential architecture that hinges on simplicity and connection with the natural environment. The firm’s work has been recognised for contextual sensitivity, crafted material use and a minimalism reflective of the Sri Lankan ethos. The firm’s works have received national and International recognition in its 13 years of practice, with over 10 national awards (Sri Lanka Institute of Architects).