He has won several design awards of excellence at the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects Annual Sessions including the “Dulux Colour Award” in 2006 for the creative use of colour in architecture, House of the Year Award for Ishani Ariyapperuma House at Panadura in 2007 and in 2008 Sagara’s aspirations were acknowledged by the Award of the “Young Architect of the Year”.
Benedict XVI Cultural Institute
The Institute is located within a multi-cultural and multi-religious context in the city of Negombo. The given site was a former teacher training school, with a lasting chapel which had a significant architectural value influenced by the post-independence nationalistic movements and pseudo architectural influences of mid-20th century. The new master plan of this “Revitalized Institute” was developed by creating the existing chapel as the focal point and other existing and new buildings being sited alongside of it with their own functions. By giving such prominence to the chapel, it is intended to emphasize the religious background of the place as well as to avoid new buildings being highlighted and overshadowing the spiritual and historic value of the context. The design concept emphasizes on a renewal of architectural traditions as part of the existing and re-interprets it in a contemporary simpler form as relevant to contemporary and practical issues.