On the 18th of January, 2020 Professor Paolo Genovese, a renowned and eminent Italian architect and academic, graced the Southern Campus, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University with his presence, as he delivered a lecture on “ Historical Heritage and Traditional Settlements Preservation Strategy Based on Bionic Approach and Data-Driven Analysis”. Prof. Genovese, who was introduced to the Faculty by Lecturer Architect Niluka Lakmali, is a full professor at Tianjin University, China, and the Director of the Lab of Bionic Architecture and Planning Research Centre of the University. He has published seven monographs, fifteen books, and more than eight-hundred papers, and has also been the tutor of over 70 PhD and Master’s dissertations in China and abroad. The lecture held at the auditorium of Southern Campus was intended for the undergraduates of Department of Architecture and Department of Quantity Surveying of Faculty of Built Environment and Spatial Sciences and were also attended by the Academia of the Faculty. The event was organized by the Department of Architecture and it had drawn a noteworthy significance as it was the first guest lecture held at Southern Campus for the year 2020.