Kapila Dharmasena Silva

School of Architecture & Design - Architecture
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Marvin Hall
Room 311
University of Kansas
1465 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045



Social, Cultural, and Psychological Aspects of Architectural Design and Urban Design

Environmental Design Policy in Developing Countries

Issues related to Revitalization, Preservation, and Management of Historic Buildings and Urban Settings

Community Participation in Urban Design, Settlement Planning, and Preservation

Research Interests

  • Culture
  • Urbanism
  • Vernacular architecture
  • Historic preservation
  • Heritage management
  • World Heritage
  • Environment-behavior studies


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; 2004
Professional Registration; Chartered Member – Institute of Architects, Sri Lanka; 1995. 
Post Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation of Monuments and Sites; University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka; 1995.
M.S. Arch., University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka; 1993
B.S. (Built Environment), University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka; 1990

Courses Taught

ARCH 408 - Architectural Design III
ARCH 503 - Accelerated Design II
ARCH 504 – Accelerated Design III
ARCH 560 - Site Planning for Architects
ARCH 600 – Theorizing Vernacular Architecture
ARCH 630 - Theory & Context in Architecture
ARCH 690 - Study Abroad in Asia
ARCH 701 - Research Methods in Architecture

Publications (Selected)

Asian Heritage Management: Contexts, Concerns, and Prospects; London: Routledge (Co-editor: Neel Kamal Chapagain), 2013.  ISBN: 978-0-415-52054-6 (hbk) & 978-0-203-06659-1 (pbk).

“Chapter 17: The City Imageability: A Framework for Defining Urban Heritage Dimensions”; in K. D. Silva & N. K. Chapagain (eds.)(2013) Asian Heritage Management: Contexts, Concerns, and Prospects. London: Routledge, pp. 325 – 344.

“Resplendent Sites, Discursive Fields: An Environment – Behavior Theory for Managing Global Heritage”, In S. Ahrentzen, B. Schermer, & C. Depres’ (eds.)(2012) Building Bridges, Blurring Boundaries: The Milwaukee School in Environment-Behavior Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Villes Régions Monde: pp.  197- 216.

“Symbolic Integrity of Historic Urban Landscapes: The Forgotten Dimension in Urban Conservation; In S. Grabow (ed.) (2012) Vitruvius in the Plains: Architectural Thought at Kansas 1912-2012, University of Kansas: pp. 323 – 330.

“Resettlement Housing Design: Moving beyond the vernacular imagery”; South Asia Journal of Culture, Special Issue on Built Space: Social Issues in Architecture, Vol. 5 & 6, 2011/2012: 116-135.

“Mapping Meanings in the City Image: A Case Study of Kandy, Sri Lanka”; Journal of Architectural & Planning Research, 28 (3): pp. 2- 24, 2011.

Awards (Selected)

New Researcher Award, Architectural Research Centers Consortium, USA (2013)
Jack and Nancy Bradley Student Recognition Award, School of Architecture, Design & Planning, University of Kansas (2010)
Faculty of the Year, American Institute of Architecture Students – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chapter (2006)
Special Student Service Recognition Award; School of Architecture & Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2004)
Michael Ventris Memorial Award for Architecture, Architectural Association, London (1997).