Former Head of the Department
[1983 - 1989]
Late Professor Siri Caldera, an internationally recognised Building Economist and Educationalist, was the first head of Department of Building Economics at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. 

He started his career at the Architectural Branch of the Public Works Department In 1952. Having completed his initial technical studies at the Ceylon Technical College, Colombo, he received a six-year fellowship to continue his studies in Quantity Surveying abroad, by the Public Service Commission of Sri Lanka.

He was a resident in Australia from 1960 to 1965, where he worked as a Quantity Surveyor in the Commonwealth Department of Works. During this period he successfully completed a Diploma Course in Quantity Surveying at Brisbane Technical College (1960-1962), and a Supervision Course at the School of Management in Sydney (1964-1965). Prof. Caldera returned to Sri Lanka as a qualified Corporate Member of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors. During his time as the Chief Quantity Surveyor in the Public Works Department he recognised the need of Quantity Surveyor’s dynamic involvement in improving the then contemptible state of Sri Lankan Construction Industry. 

Thus, with the collaboration of few Chartered Surveyors, Prof. Caldera took the initiative in establishing a Quantity Surveying degree course. As a result of many distinguished efforts and commitments, Prof. Caldera was able to commence the Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying Honours degree course at the University of Moratuwa in 1986. Professor Caldera was also instrumental in course design and organisation of the National Certificate of Technology in Quantity Surveying. Distinguished among his immense contributions to the construction industry and the profession of Quantity surveying are the collaboration to the research and development works initiated by the Institute for Construction Training and Development of Sri Lanka (ICTAD), and designing of the QS training programmes for the practicing Quantity Surveyors. He brought international recognition and honour to the QS profession of Sri Lanka representing many international events.

He had a vision to develop Quantity Surveyors to a level that would accommodate the need of dynamic professionals to strategise the construction industry of Sri Lanka. Today QS has become an essential profession in the construction industry in Sri Lanka and worldwide, accomplishing Prof. Caldera’s vision.

Prof Weddikkara

Former Head of the Department
[1989 - 1999]

Professor (Mrs.) Chitra Weddikkara, who took over the Department of Building Economics after the untimely demise of Prof. Siri Caldera, is an internationally renowned personality in the construction sector. 

Qualified in Architecture in the year 1975, she consequently obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science in Quantity Surveying from Curtain University of Technology, M.Sc in Building Studies, and Ph.D. in Dispute Resolution from College of Law, Murdoch University. 

In 1983, she joined the Department of Architecture at the University of Moratuwa as a part time lecturer and in 1985 she was a full time lecturer at the department of Architecture. She was invited to take over the position of Head of Department of Building Economics with the demise of Prof. Siri Caldera in 1987. In this critical period of time, despite the lack of funds, staff and studentships to support the uninterrupted functioning of the newfound Department, Prof. (Mrs.) Weddikkara was successful in establishing the Department of Building Economics to an exceptional standard under her headship. She executed a five year strategic plan to function the B.Sc. (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree course, the formation of the BSC in Facilities Management and in the establishment of the Masters in project management and Masters Dispute Resolution and Law and included lobbying professors and lecturers specialized in the field of Quantity Surveying and other professions through various universities and funding.

She is a frequent guest speaker at construction related professional venues, including the University of Western Sydney in New South Wales, Australia, the Department of Geometrics Engineering and Land Management, Faculty of Engineering, St Augustine, Trinidad. Prof. (Mrs.) Weddikkara, in her distinguished career, held many administrative positions. She is the former Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa. She has been a Member of the Senate, By-Laws committee, the Library Committee, Faculty Board, Faculty of Architecture, the Engineering and Architectural Council of University Grants Commission, Curriculum and Evaluation Committee of the Faculty of Architecture, the Board of Higher Degrees at the Faculty of Architecture, and the standing committee on examination offences. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) UK, Fellow Member of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (F. A.I.Q.S), Fellow of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Sri Lanka (IQSSL), Fellow of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (F.I.A SL), Fellow Member of the Institute of Project Managers (FIPMSL), Member of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (R.A.I.A), Associate Member of the Australian Institute of Builders (A.I.O.B), and an Associate Member of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators, a Board Member of the Construction Industry Development Authority (CIDA) former Board member of Institute of Construction, Training and Development (ICTAD), Chairperson of the RICS chapter in Sri Lanka, and Member of Constitution Board of RICS, Advisor for the Council of the Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIOB), a Director of the Green Building Council in Sri Lanka and the Vice President of the international chapter of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors. She is also the immediate past president of the Commonwealth Association Surveyors and Land Economists (CASLE) and the Immediate past President of the Sri-Lanka Institute of Architects. She is the past president of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors in Sri-Lanka and held the post for more than 10 years in its formative years and was instrumental in getting the institute incorporated by an Act of Parliament. 

Professor (Mrs.) Chitra Weddikkara contributed to the Sri Lankan construction industry and to the Quantity Surveying profession significantly throughout her years. Her achievements over the last 35 years are enormous and priceless and bestowed upon a generation yet to be born.

Indunil Seneviratne

Former Head of the Department
[2008 - 2014]

Ch.QS. Indunil Seneviratne was the Head of the Department of Building Economics from year 2008 to year 2014. He is a product of the Department of Building Economics itself. Having completed his B.Sc. (Hons) in Quantity Surveying in 1992, he joined the Department as an Assistant Lecturer and pursued a career as a promising academic until 1998. During December 1992 to December 1994 he had served as an External Collaborator (Quantity Surveying) for Institute of Construction Training and Development (ICTAD) Sri-Lanka now known as Construction Industry Development Authority (CIDA).  During this period he served as a member of the World Bank funded project in Developing the Sri-Lankan Standard Method of Measurement for Building Works SLS–573 of 1994.

After obtaining a M.Sc. in Construction Management at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ USA in 1998, Ch.QS. Indunil Seneviratne practiced as a Senior Cost Engineer in the cleanroom construction industry of USA for several years before rejoining the Department of Building Economics as a Senior Lecturer, in January 2003. He is currently attached to the Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa as a senior lecturer and as Senior Advisor to the Department. He was also the Course Director for PG. Dip/M.Sc. (Project Management) program conducted by the Department of Building Economics from 2003-2016.  With the experience and knowledge he has gathered for over two decades of associations with USA and Sri Lankan Construction industries, as well as academia, Ch.QS. Indunil Seneviratne continues to support and direct the Department of Building Economics towards rewarding success.

Ch.QS. Indunil Seneviratne had been the Honorary Secretary, of Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Sri Lanka (IQSSL) from 2014-2016. He is also a Fellow Member of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Sri Lanka and also the current Chairman of the Membership Affairs Board of IQSSL.  

From 2006- To date    he has been a Member of the Panel of Judges representing the Quantity Surveying Profession in the Construction Industry Development Authority’s (CIDA), “National Construction Excellence Award” for the Construction Contractors of Sri Lanka. Currently he also serves as a Member of the “CREDENTIAL COMMITTEE” of Construction Industry Development Authority (CIDA) representing IQSSL from September 2015 to date.

From January 2017, Ch.QS Indunil Seneviratne has gone on sabbatical leave from University of Moratuwa to provide leadership in starting and establishing a Quantity Surveying Department at the Engineering Faculty of Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT), the largest private higher education Institute in Sri Lanka.  

His other interests include breeding tropical aquarium fish and philately.  From March 2017 he serves as the President of the Philatelic Society of Sri Lanka (PSSL)  :  as well as a member of the Philatelic Advisory committee of the Department of post Sri Lanka.

Prof Lalith

Former Head of the Department
[1999 - 2005]
Prof. Lalith De Silva was the Head of the Department of Building Economics from year 1999 to year 2005. He is one of the most sought after Architects in the construction field in Sri Lanka.

He completed Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Built Environment and Master of Science in Architecture degrees at the University of Moratuwa during the time period of 1976 to 1983. He also holds a post graduate certificate from James Cook University, Australia (1998). With over 25 years of experience as an academic and a total of 39 years of experience as a professional, Prof. Lalith De Silva remains a renowned personality in both Academia and the Construction Industry. Extensively experienced in designing any type of constructions from small projects to skyscrapers, he has worked with many distinguished international and local construction companies during his career.

During the four decades he spent as a well versed professional and an academic, Prof. Lalith De Silva has held numerous positions in various professional bodies. He is the Principal Architect / Proprietor of Habitat Chartered Architects & Engineers (Sri Lanka), was the Vice President of Organization of Professional Associations (OPA) Sri Lanka from 2007 to 2008, and the President Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA) from March 2003 – February 2005.

Prof. Lalith De Silva is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture of University of Moratuwa, and Professor attached to the Department of Building Economics. He was also a member of the Board of Management of Central Environment Authority (2010-2014), a member of the Board of Management of Urban Development Authority (2006-2009), and was the Chairman of Architects Registration Board (ARB) from 2007 to 2009. He holds RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and Fellow Membership of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA). Prof. Lalith De Silva is a luminous visionary in academia, planning, designing and construction who has contributed vastly in leading the Department of Building Economics to its current prominence.