Sri Lankan academic Anoma Pieris, presently Professor of Architecture at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, is one of the five awardees of the 2023 Fellows of the Society of Architectural Historians. This award is one of the highest honours made by the SAH which was founded in 1940.
Other recipients of this prestigious award this year are Annemarie Adams of McGill University, Montreal, Maristella Casciato of the Getty Institute of Research, Los Angeles, Meredith L. Clausen, of the University of Washington, and Thomas S. Hines of the University of California.
SAH Fellows are those individuals who have distinguished themselves by a lifetime of significant contributions to the field, which may include scholarship, service to the Society, teaching, and stewardship of the built environment. SAH will recognize the Fellows at an Awards celebration to be held in April at the Society’s Annual International Conference in Montreal.
Prof Pieris was educated in Sri Lanka and the USA, with degrees in architecture from the University of Moratuwa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley, and in geography from the University of Melbourne. Together with Duanfang Lu, she is a founding member of the Society of Architectural and Urban Historians of Asia.
initially joined SAH in 2004. She has received the Scott Opler Graduate Student Fellowship and the Edilia and François-Auguste de Môntequin Fellowship - Senior Scholar awards. She served as a speaker at the 2015 annual conference and as a session chair at the 2021 virtual conference.