Kishani De Silva

Having spent two years at Foster + Partners, London, UK, Kishani established 2A + D,
Arts Architecture + Design Management Services, to support the large-scale
architecture & engineering firm, the boutique design firm and the bespoke arts
project with their project management requirements. In addition to these core project
management services, 2A+D assists firms with their strategic planning missions, providing
the requisite analysis and tools to help achieve their vision.

As a Project Manager at Fosters, she managed a portfolio of projects from their inception
as potential leads to full contract sign-off and the resolution of post contract matters.
Her responsibilities ranged from review of contract terms for legal and regulatory implications
and scope of service alignment, to fee assessment, complex contract and fee negotiations on
projects in excess of a billion dollars, and liaison with legal teams—internal, external and
client representatives. During her time at Fosters she was the primary manager for projects in
France and is versed in the Ordre de Architectes requirements and French PI insurance.

Prior to her time at Foster + Partners, Kishani was a founding member of Fluidity (2002),
a boutique design firm based in Los Angeles, specializing in the design and engineering of
state-of-the art water installations around the world. Primarily serving in the capacity of
Project Director, she oversaw the management and direction of all projects in the firm with
delivery to schedule and budget being key. Kishani’s full responsibilities included company
operations as well as being a part of the core team where she helped project and plan the firm’s
on-going needs, financial projections and annual goals.

Previously in 2001 Kishani joined the architectural firm of the Jerde Partnership in Los Angeles
to work as an Associate Project Manager for large international projects. Her primary project
was Dubai Festival City, a visionary urban design effort in the UAE. Other projects included
projects in Hong Kong and the PRC.

From 1996 to 2001 she worked at Wet Design, a pioneer in the design of contemporary water
features where she served as a Project Development Manager serving as the primary manager
for Europe. Projects included installations in Spain, Sweden, the UAE and the U.S.

After receiving her Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1995 from Woodbury University in
Los Angeles, Kishani started her career in architecture as an architectural designer with
John Sergio Fisher and Associates on live theater design projects. She also spent the
Summer of 2005 at the Architectural Association in London and has completed an
Executive Leadership certificate program through Cornell’s online offerings in 2013.

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