Thilini Perera is a multidisciplinary designer from Colombo, Sri Lanka. In over 15 years of experience, she has worked with local and international organisations at the intersection of the arts and social justice issues. Her collaborations with global feminist organsations include ARROW, APWLD, CREA, Frida Fund, IWRAW Asia PacificRESURJ and Urgent Action Fund. She has consulted for Care International, IOMMax Planck Foundation, SID, World Bank, World Food Programme, and UNHCR.

Through these varied engagements, Thilini's expertise has involved finding creative solutions for graphic and editorial design projects, data visualisation, theatre set design, art direction for films, physical and virtual exhibition design, web projects and more. She headed the design team of RMIT university in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for two years in 2014–2016.

Thilini has the distinction of being Art Director for the Museum of Religious Freedom which is Sri Lanka's first virtual museum for "archiving, learning, and critically reflecting on the complex histories and contemporary concerns relating to the freedom of religion or belief in Sri Lanka." This museum is supported by The Intercultural Innovation Award. 

Since 2019, Thilini has held the position of Design and Communications Manager for the Geoffrey Bawa Trust (private trust of the Sri Lankan Architect Geoffrey Bawa, regarded as having been one of the most important and influential Asian architects of the 20th century), where she conceptualises online and on-site projects including the year-long Bawa 100 programme and the first public exhibition of the Geoffrey Bawa archives It Is Essential to be There in Colombo and New Delhi and designed the publication Geoffrey Bawa: Drawing from the Archives in collaboration with Swiss publisher Lars Müller Publishers.

selected clients

Arts and Culture
Geoffrey Bawa Trust
British Council


Civic and Public
The Asia Foundation
Centre for Policy Alternatives
Centre for a Smart Future
Colombo Urban Lab
The German Society for International Cooperation (GiZ) GmbH
Institute of Policy Studies

CARE International
Max Planck Foundation
World Bank
World Food Programme

Sri Lanka Design Festival
Urban Island

Academy of Design (AOD)

Human Rights
Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
Centre for Equality & Justice
Frida Fund
International Womens' Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific
The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion
Urgent Action Fund
Women and Media Collective

Echelon Magazine
Lars Müller Publishers

Theatre + Film
Mind Adventures Theatre Co.
Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke
The Milo Wladek Co.

Thilini Perera
︎ Multidisciplinary designer
︎Colombo, Sri Lanka