College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Kapila Dharmasena Silva

School of Architecture & Design - Architecture
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Primary office:
Marvin Studios
Room 132
University of Kansas
1465 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045


Social, cultural, and psychological dimensions in design; global heritage management and architectural preservation; nonwestern traditions in architecture and urban design (special focus on South, Southeast, and East Asian countries); Community design practices (affordable housing and post-disaster resettlement)


Ph.D., Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Post Graduate Diploma, Architectural Conservation of Monuments and Sites, University of Moratuwa

M.S., Architecture, University of Moratuwa

B.S., Built Environment, University of Moratuwa


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

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