Mubasshar Hussain (Bangladesh) Commonwealth Association of Architects
CAA Council Members 2010
Mubasshar Hussain (Bangladesh)
Ar. Mubasshar Hussain is the founder Managing Director of Assoconsult Ltd. Ar. Hussain guided Assoconsult Ltd. into becoming the largest and most respected practice in Bangladesh. He is a visiting faculty at the Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology, Dhaka.
He has served in various capacities in the Executive Committee of Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) and was elected as its President in 2003-04, 2007-08 and again in 2009-2010. Ar. Hussain is also currently serving as the Elected Chairman of ARCASIA.
Ar. Hussain served as the Vice President for Asia region in the Commonwealth Association of Architects [CAA] and was unanimously elected as Senior Vice President of CAA in Melbourne in 2007 and President this year at Colombo, Sri Lanka.
In recognition to his service and contribution to the Architectural Profession, American Institute of Architects (AIA) conferred him with the AIA President Medal and Honorary Membership in 2009.
Gordon Holden (Australia)
Immediate Past President
Professor Gordon Holden is an architectural and urban design educator. He established Queensland’s first-degree programme in interior design and Australia's first programme in urban design (Masters at QUT).
He chaired several RAIA (Royal Australian Institute of Architects) committees at state and national levels. He is a past chair of the Heads of Australasian Schools of Architecture.
Gordon has assisted the advancement of architectural education in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, through teaching, research and external examination of programmes.
He acted as member or chair for a number of accreditation/validation visits for CAA. In 1987/88 he chaired the preparation of the RAIA/AACA Education Policy and Procedures for recognition of courses and co-edited the CAA Red Book in 2000. He was the Oceania representative for the CAA from 1987 to 1991, chair of Education from 1997 to 2000 and is now its immediate Past President.
Gordon is currently the inaugural head of the new course at Griffith University.
Rukshan Widyalankara (Sri Lanka)
Senior Vice President
Rukshan Widyalankara is a Fellow Member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA) and a Past President of SLIA. He is the Senior Vice President of the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), and Chairman of Architects Registration Board (ARB) Sri Lanka.
Rukshan Widyalankara is the Principal Director and Chairman of Rukshan Widyalankara (Pvt) Ltd., a firm of Chartered Architects, Engineers, and Quantity Surveyors. His practice is involved in building Hospitals, Educational establishments, Transport Terminals, and Apartments.
Rukshan has represented Sri Lanka at UIA, CAA, ARCASIA, and SAARCH.
Rukshan Widyalankara is a recipient of numerous awards of excellence; SLIA Award for the Best Postgraduate, and Sherman de Silva Award in 1993. In 2003 he was awarded The Young Architect of the Year Award by SLIA, and also received Holcim Award for Socially Responsive Architecture for the design of Sri Lanka’s largest transport terminal and town center development in Matara.
Nick Willson (UK)
Nick studied at The Manchester School of Architecture and The Bartlett School of Architecture. He worked for Foster and Partners on various projects including Albion Wharf, the Millennium Bridge and the new GLA building. Following this, he worked for Buschow Henley and then MacCormac Jamieson Pritchard on the new BBC building at Portland place.
In 2004, Nick went on to be one of the founding directors of the Architecture and Design studio; Willson & Bell.
Nick is a RIBA National Councillor and a member of the RIBA international relations committee.
He is also involved in the RIBA Young Practitioners panel and sits on the Article 25 advisory board.
Currently the practice is involved with 3 new school projects. In addition Nick is involved with the design for a new learning centre and community project in Sierra Leone.
Currently he is working on projects using the CNC technology ranging from housing for developers to bespoke furniture.
Mansur Ahmadu (Nigeria)
Chair of Education
After his first degree, Arc. Ahmadu worked briefly with the then Kaduna State Ministry of Works and Housing before proceeding for his M.Sc. (Arch.) at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Having completed the course, he served his NYSC with Rotional Architects, Ibadan before joining the pioneer staff of F.C.D.A. at Lagos. He later went back to Rational Architects for another two years as a full Project Architect responsible for various projects.
When he joined Benna Associates, Arc. Ahmadu was assigned to the Central Area Urban Design Team under Kenzo Tange and Urtec of Japan who were the team leaders. This afforded him the opportunity of working for six months in Tange’s office in Tokyo, Japan. Between 1981 to 1982, he took leave of absence to study a Post-Graduate Diploma in Urban Planning at Architectural Associates to join his colleagues at Multi-Systems. While handling his projects at Multi-Systems, Arc. Ahmadu undertook a course at Reading University, U.K. gaining an M.Sc. in Project Management.
Arc. Ahmadu was made a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (FNIA) in 1993 and has been a Council Member of the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria since 1991.
Christos Panayiotides (Cyprus)
Chair of Practice
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Jayantha Perera (Sri Lanka)
Chair of Communications
He studied Architecture at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and on completion of his postgraduate degree he was elected as a corporate member of SLIA and RIBA.
Over 2 decades of his practice has been with Sri Lanka Design Consortium Ltd where he won the SLIA design award for the “Deer Park resort” Giritale, Sri Lanka. This subsequently received the Green Globe award.
Archt. Jayantha Perera has held an impressive number of posts in SLIA during sessions 2007-2009. He also held the position of the Chairman of the ARCASIA committee on Architectural Education and is the current Deputy Chairman of Zone A – ARCASIA. He holds the position of Chairman SAARCH for the period 2009-2010 and Chairman Communication of CAA for the session 2010 - 2013
He is currently a board member of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka and Principal Architect of his own practice “Architect Jayantha Perera.”
Jimoh Faworaja (Nigeria)
Vice President Africa (West)
Ahmadu Bello University, MSc. Architecture. 1970 –1976
Full Membership of Nigerian Institute of Architects and Architect Registration Council of Nigeria in 1979.
Council member of the Nigerian Institute of Architects and served in several committees including Education, International Affairs, Public Relations, Archibuilt, Treasurer, General Secretary, Vice President and President.
A president, Architect Registration Council of Nigeria 2007-200 Currently Director of the Architect Colloquium of the Council.
Member of AUA council and Director of AUA Work Group on Urbanism.
Served as president of the 10th Congress of the Association of Africa Consultants in Corte De Voire in November 1994.
Served as Director of Federal Housing Authority, Resource person for the National Housing Policy, National Building Code, National Fire Code, and Member Ministerial Standing Committee on Scale of Fees.
Served on committee, Lagos State government audit of high rise buildings and a member of the Adjudication board on Abuja New Gate International Competition 2009.
Steven Oundo (Kenya)
Vice President Africa (East)
Steven Oundo graduated from the University of Nairobi. He is currently the Alternate Vice President of Africa (East) for CAA and therefore a Council member until 2013. Steven is the Chairman of the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) and also the Coordinator for the Work Group on Architecture and Society for the African Union of Architects (AUA). He is also a member and registered architect with the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (BORAQS). Steven is the Senior Vice-Chairman of the Association of Professional Societies in East Africa (APSEA). Along with all these accomplishments Steven is currently the director and has been a partner and architect for Trioscape Planning Services LTD. In the past he has been an assistant architect for Kisonyo Adwori & Associates Architects. He is fluent in English and Kiswahili and can also speak French and Samia.
Chandana Edirisuriya (Sri Lanka)
Vice President Asia
Graduated from the University of Moratuwa , Sri Lanka and subsequently underwent studies leading to M.Sc. in Architecture. After graduation joined a Consultancy Practice.
Chandana is a Fellow Member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA) and the current President of SLIA. He currently serves as the Vice President (Asia) of CAA.
He currently serves as a Director of the Board of Management of Urban Development Authority, Sri Lanka.
Chandana is the Principal Architect / Managing Director of Design Link Associates (Pvt) Ltd., a firm of Chartered Architects, Engineers, Interior and Landscape Designers. His practice is involved in many buildings of note; Training Centres, Commercial buildings , Hotels, Interiors and Apartments.
He has represented Sri Lanka at UIA, CAA, ARCASIA, and SAARCH.
Chandana was on the Board of Architectural Education of SLIA . Currently on the visiting faculty of the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and City School of Architecture (Colombo).
Jalal Ahmad (Bangladesh)
Vice President Alternate Asia
After graduating from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET). in 1997, he established his independent practice J. A. Architects Ltd.
Currently he is the Honorary Secretary of Architects Regional Council of Asia (ARCASIA) and served several times as elected member of the EC of the Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB). He is a founder member of the architectural research group CHETANA.
He has designed varied projects; from large academic institutions to training centres made of mud blocks and from multifamily urban apartments to low cost housing.
Jalal has won awards in a number of architectural competitions, including French-German Embassy at Dhaka Int. Competition (2009), North South University Campus Int. Competition (2002) and Mujib Nagar Memorial Open Design Competition (1984).
Projects and articles by Jalal Ahmad have been featured in leading international architectural journals. He has presented numerous papers and studies on architectural issues in different international and national seminars & workshops.
Vincent Cassar (Malta)
Vice President Europe
A 1971 graduate in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Malta, he joined the Public Works Department as a Junior Architect and Civil Engineer in 1973.
In 1992 he was appointed as the first Director General of the reorganized Works Division. Then in 2003 he took up the post of Permanent Secretary within the Ministry for Youth and the Arts, subsequently moving in 2004 to the Ministry for Urban Development and Roads.
Although semi-retired he currently runs his own consultancy practice.
Over the years he gained experience in the management and execution of projects being responsible for various projects including those for housing, healthcare and hospitals, roads, marine works and the formulation of the Sewerage Master Plan.
He is currently the President of the Kamra tal-Periti and served as a member of the Executive Board and Treasurer of the Architects’ Council of Europe.
John Sinclair (New Zealand)
Vice President Oceania
John Sinclair is a New Zealand architect with over 40 years experience in designing a wide range of buildings. After heading a large firm that worked throughout the Pacific, he merged with, and became a consultant to architectus, a highly successful Australasian practice. He has been President of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, Branch Chairman of the Auckland Branch of NZIA, founder President of the Auckland Architectural Association, member of government working parties on reform of The Building Act, the Architects Act and the establishment of the Urban Design Protocol. He has represented NZIA in UIA and CAA. He has lectured at Auckland University and is currently on the Board of the New Zealand Universities Academic Audit Unit.
He has two children and four grandchildren and enjoys yachting, music, the arts, cricket and rugby football.
David Parken (Australia)
Vice President Alternate Oceania
David Parken is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Architects (the Institute). He is a Life Fellow of the Institute, having gained more than 20 years’ experience as a practicing architect and 14 years as a principal of Adelaide firm Jackman Parken Evans Pty Ltd.
In 2004 David was Chair of the National Steering Committee for the “Year of the Built Environment” and collaborated with the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) and Property Council of Australia (PCA) to hold a National Industry forum for young professionals.
David has been involved as a member of the Australian Construction Industry Forum, Director of the Australian Services Roundtable, Executive member of Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) and currently chairs the ASBEC Climate Change Task Group. In 2003, he was presented with the American Institute of Architects Presidents Medal and honoured as a Honorary Member. In 2004 he received an Honorary Fellowship of the New Zealand Institute of Architects.
Clare Newton (Australia)
Chair of CAA Validation Panel
Prior to becoming an academic at the University of Melbourne, Australia, Clare Newton was Director of the architecture firm, Newton Hutson P/L. In 2009 and 2010, Clare coordinated the architecture major in the Bachelor of Environments. She lectures in design, construction and sustainability and is first named Chief Investigator on three competitively funded research projects worth over $1,000,000AU to do with learning environments including two Australian Research Council Linkage Grants. Her recent interdisciplinary grant is working with partners from five education departments around Australia to develop a 2011 Ideas Competition around prefabricated learning environments. She has undertaken various roles with the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects as an elected Council Member, Education Committee Chair and State Convenor of Continuing Education. She was elected Chair of the Association of Architecture Schools in Australasia in 2009. Clare has chaired accreditation visits to many Australian schools of architecture.
Tony Godwin (UK)
Tony completed his architectural training at the University of Manchester School of Architecture in 1980. After practical training periods spent in Switzerland and London, he registered to practice in the UK. He was born in Nigeria and returned there to join his parents practice, Godwin and Hopwood. He became a director of the company, later to become Godwin Hopwood Kuye in 1984 and was responsible for a variety of commissions in the industrial, health and residential sectors. Tony first served CAA as their Vice President for Europe and then a Chair of Practice before being appointed as its Executive Director in 1997. He also runs his own practice, FCD Architecture, in North London.