27 March 2018

New members bring experience and creativity to TRADA Advisory Committee

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TRADA is delighted to announce three new members to the TRADA Advisory Committee: Sasha Bhavan, Senior Partner at Knox Bhavan Architects; Alex Abbey, Partner at Cullinan Studio; and Keerthi Ranasinghe, Senior Lecturer at University of Wales Trinity Saint David.


We warmly welcome our new committee members, each bringing the knowledge, creativity, energy and commitment to build on all that we have accomplished together over the years. We very much look forward to working with them in the future.


Sasha Bhavan, Senior Partner
BA (Hons), DipArch, RIBA


Sasha Bhavan is a founding partner of Knox Bhavan Architects. She has been a practising architect for over 30 years during which time she has been responsible for many beautiful, interesting, acclaimed and award-winning projects. These projects range in size and character and include new cafes and hub buildings in parks, works to precious listed buildings and several acclaimed new houses.


She is particularly interested in looking at buildings in their context/landscape, making buildings with clarity of form, detailing, simple and contemporary. She believes in the power of the team; client, professional and builder working together. As a result, she has established many long-standing successful professional relationships and collaborations with other design professionals, including landscape architects, engineers and contractors.


Sasha enjoys teaching the next generation of architects and is currently a part-time teaching fellow at the University of Bath and external examiner at both Falmouth University and the University of Portsmouth. She has also been a visiting lecturer and critic at the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture in Pittsburgh in the US, and regularly lectures at universities in the UK.


Sasha was a long-standing member of the RIBA Premises Committee, involved in many of the appointments and decisions regarding 66 Portland Place. She has been Jury chair for RIBA Awards, an architectural assessor for the Civic Trust Awards, and has contributed to a recent RIBA competitions task force.  Sasha is also a member of the Hertfordshire Design Review Panel.


Sasha trained at Portsmouth School of Architecture where she was nominated for the President's Silver Medal and won the RIBA Southern Region prize and the Professional Practice prize. She qualified with a double distinction.


Before founding Knox Bhavan Architects with Simon Knox in 1995 she worked for ten years as a director at Edward Cullinan Architects.


Alex Abbey
MA (Hons), DipArch, FRSA, Architect


Having worked for architectural practices in Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Edinburgh, Alex joined Cullinan Studio in 1998. He has over 20 years of architectural experience, with particular expertise in low energy design and the use of timber, across a wide range of sectors including education, health and cultural projects. He recently worked with manufacturers to develop an off-site, quick build timber system for primary schools.


Alex enjoys teaching and lecturing about the work of the Cullinan practice and leads its 'Development' management team. Alex qualified as an architect from the University of Edinburgh in 2000.


Key projects include:

  • John Hope Gateway, Visitor Centre, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (Project Architect)
  • Gateway to Petra, Visitor Centre, Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities, Jordan (Project Architect)
  • Holy Cross Primary School, Swindon (Project Director)
  • Central Building Refurbishment, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge (Project Director)
  • Maitland Park, Housing and estate regeneration, London Borough of Camden (Project Director)


Dr Keerthi Ranasinghe, Senior Lecturer and Programme Director of Civil Engineering at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and contracted Structural Engineer/Eurocodes Consultant for Exova BM TRADA


Dr Ranasinghe is the author of the TRADA publication Eurocode 5 Span Tables 4th edition as well as a number of other popular publications from TRADA. He is also the author of the TRADA Eurocode 5 online software as well as sitting on the BSI committees B/525/5 (Eurocode 5: Timber Engineering), B/525/1 (Eurocode 1: Actions) and B/525/- /32 (Fire). He is also the UK representative on the European Standardisation Committees CEN/TC250/SC5/WG4 (Timber – Fire) and CEN/TC250/SC5/WG5 (Timber – Connections). 


Dr Ranasinghe has a wide range of experience in structural investigations and regularly delivers CPD talks and workshops on Eurocode 5 at TRADA, as well as at the Institution of Structural Engineers, UK. Keerthi has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Structural Engineering.


Read more about the TRADA Advisory Committee