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Kishani De Silva

Chair, Construction Management, Woodbury University

Kishani has worked in the architecture and design industries for over twenty years in the project and major program management arena. Presently she serves as Chair of the Construction Management program at Woodbury University and is also the founder and principal of her own arts, architecture and design management services consultancy, 2A+D.

Prior to forming her consultancy, Kishani worked as a Project Manager at Foster + Partners, London, managing large, complex contracts from inception to post contract. She was also a FUSE Core Fellow with the LA County Development Authority, advising their executive office on special projects and creating strategic partnerships to address the housing crisis in Los Angeles.

At Woodbury, as lead faculty for the Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Build Challenge, she led a team of students to construct the first, permitted, 3D-printed dwelling in Los Angeles. This further demonstrates her commitment to equity and design justice and for changing the status quo in the ongoing climate emergency. In past years as adjunct faculty, she co-taught a graduate level practice class focusing on management, leadership and entrepreneurship, which won the Architecture 2030 Pilot Curriculum award for integrating sustainability into the professional practice curriculum.

A former president and Board member of the Association for Women in Architecture +Design, Kishani spearheaded the “50:50 x 2020″ gender equity initiative to bring parity within firms in the L.A. area. She has also served on several other Boards involved with social, environmental, and economic justice for marginalized populations in the developing world.

Kishani has a MSc in Major Program Management from the University of Oxford, England, an executive leadership certification from Cornell and a BArch from Woodbury University. Her work relating to housing innovation, sustainability and the business of design has been published in Next City, 2019; Metropolis, 2016 and Design Intelligence, 2012.