Project Description

Bimal Mendis is the Assistant Dean, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Assistant Professor, Adjunct at the Yale School of Architecture. Mr. Mendis conducts research on urbanization and sustainable development.

He is the recipient of the 2013 AIA Latrobe Prize for his research on the “City of 7 Billion,” a project which examines and models the condition of continuous urbanization at the global scale.  His research also includes the design of a “Sustainability Index” to measure and manage urban development, which was awarded the Hines Research Grant for Advanced Sustainability in Architecture and the AIA Upjohn Research Grant.  These research projects have been widely exhibited, including the 2011 Chengdu Architecture Biennale in China, the 2011 Eye on Earth Summit for world leaders in Abu Dhabi, UAE and the forthcoming Hong Kong-Shenzhen Biennale in 2013.

Award wining design projects include the winning entry for a tidal park in Buzzard’s Bay, USA and the 2011 Modern Atlanta Prize for an ecological masterplan for Gadeokdo Island in South Korea. Ongoing projects include a spatial planning strategy for the Maldives and the design of a network of rural libraries in Mozambique.

Prior to joining the faculty at Yale, Mr. Mendis co-founded Plan B Architecture & Urbanism in Rotterdam, and worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, where he led numerous large-scale international projects.  Mr. Mendis received a B.A. and an M. Arch. from Yale University.


2013 AIA Latrobe Prize