Johan Wijesinghe

The practise of architecture is changing!

The information available to us is deafening.

Architecture which was once was bound to place, time, and events now engages in arbitrating multiple features, territories and disciplines that reshape our communities, politics, economy, culture and environment in its act. The work I present in this portfolio asks to expand the role of the designer with applied research in the realms of computation, materiality and social practices.

I hold a Bachelor of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc) and an MSc in Architecture and Computation from the Bartlett School of Architecture - University College London.

During my education at both Sci-Arc and the Bartlett, I have produced speculative body of work and have been active in engaging the many installation and outreach programs, the Central Hub, for the Opera “Hopscotch”; a participant in the teaching programs such as the Pop Arch workshop at Inner-City Arts Los Angeles; Augmented Timber Construction at Tong-Ji University in Shanghai; and a participant in the 15th Venice Biennale as part of SANAA’s project for redeveloping Inujima.

Growing up in Los Angeles, I have had the great privilege of working, since 2010, for Ravi Gunawardena and Frank Escher. In my time with them, I was involved with various projects: ranging from cultural art productions such as the exhibition The Jewelled Isle exhibition at LACMA to the design and construction of housing projects. In intermittent summers, I tried to learn as much as I could about ground-up social practices.

Ultimately, working in Sri Lanka for Anjalendran, helping to produce the book” The Architectural Heritage of Sri Lanka” documenting the many unprotected iconic structures of the island. Most recently I worked in London for Gilles Retsin Architecture designing and constructing the pavilion in the exhibition Invisible Landscapes III - Real Virtuality at the Royal Academy in London.

The world is a small place now, and the challenges of the near future, climate change and resource disparity hold us accountable for… seemingly everything. To tackle this, we may just need some alternative architecture for this overwhelming endeavor; That I am sure.