shayari de silva is an architect whose practice focuses on curatorial and editorial projects. she also works with ceramics and runs a design practice, layer states. she joined the lunuganga trust as curator of art & archival collections in 2018, where she manages the geoffrey bawa collections, including the programmes around exhibition, publication and conservation. she curated the year-long bawa 100 centenary celebration programme which was launched in july 2019. shayari was an editor of perspecta 51: medium, the yale architecture journal, published in 2018 by mit press. she is currently working on an exhibition titled it is essential to be there and an accompanying publication, drawing from the geoffrey bawa archives, to be published by lars müller publishers in 2022.