History of Art and Architecture

Pamudu Tennakoon

PhD Candidate, Visiting Lecturer Fall 2024
Research Interests Colonial Architecture, Postcolonial space and Colonial Architecture, Colonial Architecture in South Asia


Pamudu is a PhD candidate in the Department of History of Art and Architecture and an MA candidate in Anthropology. Her research combines ethnography, architectural history, heritage studies, and ruin theory to examine the place of colonial architecture in contemporary cityscapes with the aim of understanding tangible ways the people in these cities (re)imagine their identities in relation to colonial pasts. Pamudu’s work has been published in Architecture Beyond Europe and presented at the conferences of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Asian Studies Association of Australia, and the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. Prior to Brown University, Pamudu earned a BA from Bryn Mawr College and an MPhil from the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland. Her dissertation work has been supported by the Social Sciences Research Council and the Saxena Center for Contemporary South Asia.