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You are here: Home / Membership / Board election 2020 / Board candidates 2020 / Sumanthri Samarawickrama

Sumanthri Samarawickrama

Columbo, Sri Lanka • Running for a three-year term


Why you should vote for me is because I am a game-changer. Coming from a small island in South Asia (Sri Lanka), not known for type design, typography or design education had always made me curious - why? This urge led me to learn the subject area and to complete my PhD on the historical development of Sinhala typeface and to define the anatomy of Sinhala. Currently, I am expanding this knowledge and influencing Sri Lanka to look at letterforms through a scientific lens. To be part of ATypI will give me the opportunity to connect the dots between the south Asian knowledge and the west. To expand this knowledge by learning, discussing, sharing and mostly to build new knowledge as a contribution to this subject of type and typography.

As part of my international contribution, I was part of hosting the first typographic conference in Sri Lanka ‘Typography Day 2017’ and revamped the ATypI Working Seminars (after its long break) with the guidance of Gerry Leonidas and the Akuru Collective team in Sri Lanka in 2019. I represent Sri Lanka as the country delegate at ATypI.

I am a senior lecturer at the Department of Integrated Design, Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. I hold a Bachelor’s in Design from Sri Lanka, MA in Design Arts from Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore and PhD on ‘The Anatomy and Historical Development of Sinhala Typefaces’. My teaching carrier goes back to nearly 10 years and work expands from Undergraduates to Postgraduates. I held the post of Coordinator, Media Communication until 2019 at the Department and currently holds the position of Director, Faculty of Architecture Research Unit (FARU). Among the many hats, I wear at University what I love the most is the research work within the scope of Communication Design and typography. Currently, there are a few MA (research) being supervised by me on the science of looking at the Sinhala letter, which represents letters in Road Informative Sign Boards, Book Cover Designs and Small Screen Digital Devices.  

I publish and present at many International conferences; 6th Typography Meeting at the University of Aveiro – Portugal, the Face-Forward Typography International Conference at the Dublin Institute of Technology- Dublin and at Typography Day, Ahmadabad (2011), Pune (2014), Mumbai (2015, 2019). My role expands as a reviewer at ATypI Conference, 9th, 10th Typographic Meeting, Portugal and many local conferences. I am the Sri Lanka-country delegate for ATypI. 

I am also a mum of two sons and a wife, I enjoy cooking, swimming and every minute I get to spend with my family.

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