Danish modernist architect who early in his career (1957) moved to Sri Lanka. to work in the office of Minette de Silva. While in Colombo, Plesner met Geoffrey Bawa, and a productive partnership was born. Between 1959-1965 Plesner and Bawa were almost inseparable. Plesner grew up with the Scandinavian Modernism of the early 1950's, which valued simple abstract functionalism and honest use of natural materials.
Umayyad Archaeological Garden Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, projects enrolled in the nomination process are documented by the architect(s). In addition to submitting images and drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context and to present the project in two A3 panels.