JR’s Geoffrey Bawa and Gota’s Muditha!

Architect Muditha Jayakody has become a controversial figure due to his connections with the Rajapaksa family. The FCID is now investigating to find out how he had abused his profession to engage in laundering black money of the Rajapaksas.

Muditha designed Basil Rajapaksa’s house and 16-acre property at Malwana, Browns Hill palace in Matara, D.A. Rajapaksa Foundation owned party office in Gampaha, but all free of charge. Instead, the Rajapaksas gave many government projects to him without calling for tenders.

When the FCID questioned about his professional experience, Jayakody said in a conceited manner that even the building in which the FCID is located was designed by him. When pointed out that the building was nearly 100 years old, he said he had carried out the refurbishments. When asked if he got it by tender, he gave another conceited answer – that in 1978, J.R. Jayewardene gave the task of designing the parliamentary complex to Geoffrey Bawa without calling for tenders. In the same manner, he received the contract from Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Jayakody said. When the FCID inquired from ex-Central Bank governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal later, he said he was asked by Gotahbya to to give the contract to Jayakody’s firm without calling for tenders.

In addition, Gotabhaya had given the projects to Jayakody without calling for any tender, to build the Army headquarters (Pentagon) at Pelawatte, Battaramulla and the military school at Slave Island. He had received both these projects as underhand deals by telling lies to the Army. He has told the Army that he had 20 architects and 30 engineers working full-time under him. After the new government took office, a cabinet subcommittee conducted investigations and based upon its findings, cancelled the contract. However, it remains a question as to why the defence ministry delaying making the entire contract invalid.

The JVP is to raise this in Parliament and request the report recommending the cancelation of the agreement between Muditha Jayakody associates and the Army to be tabled in house.

They are also contemplating to move a vote of no confidence on Ruwan Wijewardena for this cover up.

Given below is a list of architectural creations by Deshamanya Geoffrey Manning Bawa that remain in all their glory even today:

•   Lunuganga, Bentota (1948–1998)
•   St. Thomas' Preparatory School, Colombo (1957–1964)
•   Carmen Gunasekera House, Colombo (1958)
•   Kanangara House, Colombo (1959)
•   Club House, Ratnapura (1959)
•   Deraniyagala House, Colombo (1959)
•   Wimal Fernando House, Colombo (1959)
•   Jayawardena house, Colombo (1959–1960)
•   Ekala Industrial Estate, Ja ela (1959–1960)
•   A.S.H. De Silva House, Galle (1959–1960)
•   Manager's Bungalow, Maskeliya (1959–1960)
•   Turin Koralage House, Elpitiya (1959-1960)
•   Wijewardene House, Colombo (1959–1964)
•   Osmund and Ena de Silva House, Colombo (1960–62)
•   Bishop's College, Colombo (1960–1963)
•   33rd Lane, Colombo (1960–1998)
•   Chapel for the Good Shepherd Convent, Bandarawela (1961–1962)
•   House for Dr. Bartholomeusz, Colombo (1961–1963)
•   House for Chris and Carmel Raffel, Colombo (1962–1964)
•   Pim and Pam Fernando House, Colombo (1963)
•   St. Bridget's Montessori School, Colombo (1963–1964)
•   Polontalawa Estate Bungalow, Polontalawa (1963–1965)
•   Hilton Hotel, Colombo, Colombo (1965)
•   Madurai Boys' Town, Madurai, India (1965–1967)
•   Yahapath Endera Farm School, Hanwella (1965–1971)
•   Coral Gardens Hotel additions and renovations, Hikkaduwa (1966)
•   Steel Corporation Offices, Oruwela (1966–1969)
•   Bentota Beach Hotel, Bentota (1967–1969)
•   Pieter Keuneman House, Colombo (1967–1969)
•   Serendib Hotel, Bentota (1967–1970)
•   Yala Beach Hotel, Yala (1968)
•   Mahahalpe Farm, Kandy (1969)
•   Ceylon Pavilion 1970 World Fair, Osaka, Japan (1969–1970)
•   Pallakele Industrial Estate, Pallekele (1970–1971)
•   P.C. de Saram Terrace Houses, Colombo (1970–1973)
•   Science Block, Nugegoda (1971)
•   Madurai Club, Madurai, India (1971–1974) - it has been renamed as Heritage Madurai.
•   Hotel Connamara Remodelling, Chennai, India (1971–1976)
•   Club Mediterranee, Nilaveli (1972)
•   Stanley de Saram House, Colombo (1972)
•   Batujimbar Pavilions, Sanur, Indonesia (1972–1975)
•   Peter White House, Pereybere, Mauritius (1973–1974)
•   Neptune Hotel, Beruwala (1973–1976)
•   Agrarian Research and Training Institute, Colombo (1974–1976)
•   Hotel at Pondicherry, Puducherry, India (1975)
•   Seema Malaka, Colombo (1976–1978)
•   State Mortgage Bank, Colombo (1976–1978)
•   Candoline Hotel, Goa, India (1977)
•   Panama Hotel, Panama (1977)
•   Martenstyn House, Colombo (1977–1979)
•   Meena Muttiah Hospital for the Kumarni of Chettinad, Chennai, India (1978)
•   House for Lidia Gunasekera, Bentota (1978–1980)
•   Institute for Integral Education, Piliyandala (1978–1981)
•   Club Villa Hotel, Bentota (1979)
•   Samy House, Dahshur, Egypt (1979)
•   Triton Hotel, Ahungalla (1979–1981)
•   Sri Lankan Parliament Building, Kotte (1979–1982)
•   University of Ruhuna, Matara (1980–1988)
•   Galadari Hotel, Islamabad, Pakistan (1984)
•   Sunetra Bandaranaike House, Horagolla (1984–1986)
•   Offices for Banque Indosuez, Colombo (1985)
•   Institute of Engineering Technology, Katunayake (1985)
•   Fitzherbert House, Tangalle (1985–1986)
•   De Soysa House, Colombo (1985–1991)
•   Bashir Currimjee House, Port Louis, Mauritius (1986–1994)
•   Hyatt Hotel, Sanur, Sanur, Indonesia (1989)
•   Larry Gordon House, Wakaya, Fiji (1989)
•   Singapore Cloud Centre, Singapore, Singapore (1989)
•   Banyan Tree Hotel, Tanjung Pinang, Indonesia (1991)
•   Kandalama Hotel, Dambulla (1991–1994)
•   Jayakody House, Colombo, Colombo (1991–1996)
•   Sarabhai House, Ahmedabad, India (1992)
•   Modi House, Delhi, India (1992)
•   Jayakody House, Bentota, Bentota (1993)
•   Poddar House, Bangalore, India (1994)
•   Kani Lanka Resort & Spa, Kalutara (1994–1996)
•   Lighthouse Hotel, Galle (1995–1997)
•   Blue Water Hotel, Colombo (1996–1998)
•   Official Residence of the President, Kotte (1997-)
•   Pradeep Jayewardene House, Mirissa (1997–1998)
•   Spencer House, Colombo (1998)
•   Jacobsen House, Tangalle (?)
•   U.N. Headquarters, Malé, Malé, Maldives (1985)

Awards and fellowships
•   Pan Pacific Citation, Hawaii Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (1967)
•   President, Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (1969)
•   Inaugural Gold Medal at the Silver Jubilee Celebration of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (1982)
•   Heritage Award of Recognition, for “Outstanding Architectural Design in the Tradition of Local Vernacular Architecture”, for the new Parliamentary Complex at Sri Jayewardenepura, Kotte from the Pacific Area Travel Association. (1983)
•   Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects
•   Elected Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (1983)
•   Conferred title of Vidya Jothi (Light of Science) in the Inaugural Honours List of the President of Sri Lanka (1985)
•   Teaching Fellowship at the Aga Khan Programme for Architecture, at MIT, Boston, USA (1986)
•   Conferred title Deshamanya (Pride of the Nation) in the Honours List of the President Sri Lanka (1993)
•   The Grate Master's Award 1996 incorporating South Asian Architecture Award (1996)
•   The Architect of the Year Award, India (1996)
•   Asian Innovations Award, Bronze Award – Architecture, Far Eastern Economic Review (1998)
•   The Chairman's Award of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in recognition of a lifetime's achievement in and contribution to the field of architecture (2001)
Awarded Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa), University of Ruhuna (14 September 2002)

Geoffrey Bawa was invited by the then president J.R. Jayewardene to design Sri Lanka’s parliamentary complex as a mark of honour to a man who has given so much to the country and the world. He did that with the unanimous consent of his cabinet. Renowned architects question Jayakody as to on what basis he was comparing himself to that great man Geoffrey Bawa.

Gotabhaya and Basil sent Muditha to Los Angeles twice to give advice for the construction of their two houses there. Renowned architects say what Jayakody has been doing all this while was to compare himself to the legendary Geoffrey Bawa, blatantly violate professional ethics, lie and help the Rajapaksa to launder their black money.

Malwana land owned by Muditha Jayakody
FCID investigations have revealed that Jayakody has taken ownership of the 16-acre land and property at Malwana by deed of transfer since last year. He has levied a six per cent charge from the defence ministry for designing the ‘Pentagon’ being built at a cost of Rs. 50 billion. Also, a similar amount of money had been charged for the Rajapaksa Stadium in Diyagama, Homagama. Now in an irreversible fix for having laundered Rajapaksas’ black money, Jayakody is upto a new antic now – that is to save his face by becoming a witness of the state.

It is further revealed that FCID is going to summon Gotabaya Rajapaksha in this regard very soon. Simultaneously a complain to corruption and bribery commission will be lodged by the concerned parties.

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