“Remains of Dark Days” (2019)


Maritime Archaeology Museum, Old Dutch Fort, Galle


“The Black Princes’ Chapel” (2014)

Religious Art

Baptismal Font, Christ Church, Mutwal
Sagara Jayasinghe is a practicing architect and a design researcher with a major focus on the areas of Cultural Heritage, Colonialism, Missionary Movements and Ecclesiastical Architecture in Sri Lanka. His practice and research has assisted in preserving numerous colonial heritage facets, especially by documenting and undertaking systematic architectural drawings of church buildings and other liturgical art in Sri Lanka.


Over the last decade, Sagara has been able to disseminate the acquaintance to the community of architecture through several published books, conference papers, public lectures and journal articles on art and architecture in both local and overseas contexts. In 2014, as a beneficiary of the scholarship programme of Fundação Oriente, Portugal he was engaged in a much deeper study on religio-cultural affairs of Sri Lanka during the overseas expansions of 16th and 17th centuries.

In accolade of Sagara’s authorship in his publications of the significant works on the art and architecture of Sri Lanka’s ecclesiastical heritage, he won the Sri Lanka Institute of Architect’s annual award for Architectural Publications twice in 2008 & 2013 together with the Architectural Research Gold Award in 2017.


As a practicing architect Sagara goes beyond his mere professional calling, evidently with his mind set amply fed by the multifaceted nature of his creative enterprise. Commissions often vary from undertakings of architectural projects to communication design and exhibitions.

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”.