Jay Ranaweera is a designer who has lived, worked and studied in a variety of cities throughout his life. Born and raised in Sri Lanka, he moved to the United States as a teenager, and studied architecture at the University of Maryland and Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil. Most recently he lived in Seattle while completing his Master of Architecture degree at the University of Washington and focused his work on understanding how architecture can contribute to socially, culturally and economically empowered communities. In addition to his interest in community oriented design work, Jay also enjoys working on design-build projects and teaching architecture. At bcWORKSHOP, Jay hopes to carry his interest forward while making a valuable contribution to his new community.