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Sema Kumyol Ridpath Architecture


1-        Architecture: Planning, design, site supervision, cost evaluation , technical  specifications and administrative documentation of divers buildings projects.

2-        Construction: Construction several building mainly planned by Architect

3-        Long experience with the design and construction of school buildings.

4-        Renovation, restoration and improvement of existing buildings.

5-        Study to reduce building costs, in remote areas, by the utilisation of locally available  construction materials with the participation of local village groups

(self help-construction).



English (fluent)

French  (fluent)

Spanish  (minimal working knowledge)

Portuguese (working knowledge



Cape Verde Island



(Licence of Architecture) State Academy of Architecture and Engineering, Ankara/Turkey, 1977.


“A Self help-Construction Manual” (in collaboration with COOPIBO)

Rwanda / 1985.

Missions of consultations for UNDP-UNOPS (United Nations)

04. 1995


A mission to evaluate the condition of the Agro-Veterinary School of Rushashi after the civil war, 1994.

09.93 - 09.94

Kigali and  Turkey.

Preparation of a video-film about Rushashi Agro-Veterinary School. (The film was made in Rwanda and edited in Istanbul)

11. 1992


. A study to compare the constructions cost of the different types of school buildings being carried out by SFCS (School Construction Service of Ministry of Secondary Education) between 1983 and 1990.

1992 - 1994 :

My own Architectural office, in Kigali capital of  The Rwandan Republic.

The following major  works were  accomplished:.

A-Motel project in Kibuye

B-Low cost labour housing at CYOHOHA/Kinihira

C-Renovation, modification and on site supervision of a number of houses in Kigali.

D-Office building in Gitarama for PROMET (NGO)

E-National Artificial Insemination Centre in Kigali

F-Transformation  and extension  of the Bulinga  and Murambi Health Centres for CARE International

G-Poultry production unit for Belgium Co-operation

1990 - 1992:

Society TEKHNE/Kigali (Brussels based technical society) as Chief Architect.

The following works were completed:

A-Restoration, improvement and on site supervision of the CEE office building

B-Modifications  and improvements of the residency of the CEE Resident Representative in Kigali.

C-Rehabilitation and site supervision of health centres in  different regions of the country (World Bank/Family Health Project)

D-Rehabilitation of the hospital in Rwamagana.

06.84 to 01.90.

Kigali/Rwanda. With UNESCO (UN) as Expert/Architect “School Construction” project .


A-Participation in improving the prototype-plans for school   buildings  and simplifying their construction with the objective of reducing  costs.

B-Secondary school projects: ZAZA complex (World Bank IDAII),  Medical/Nursing training schools in Byumba and Kaduha (World    Bank IDA III), Agro Veterinary School of Rushashi  (FINNIDA)

C-Office building  and Teacher Training Centre in Kigali

D-Supervision of the construction of rural schools (CERAI) in 15 different regions of Rwanda (FENU).

I was organising and supervising six locals draughtsmen.

01.84 - 05.84.

Praia/Cape Verde Island. With OPS/FENU (UN), School Building Project as UNV/Architect.

Major accomplishments:

. Project preparation, construction and site supervision of primary school buildings throughout  the  country   ( Ilha Do Sal,   St. Nicolao  and Fogo).

03.83 - 01.84.

Praia/Cape Verde Island. With HABITAT (UN), project:

“Improvement of the Remote Districts of Praia” as  UNV/Planner


Organisation of a survey to determine the life style of the local population and to    group the different types of traditional housing in the three districts of Praia. Using this  information  to prepare a proposition for better and more economic housing which can be built by impoverished people (self help-construction).

1982 - 1983 :

TEK-SER ( International Technique Association) in Istanbul / Turkey as  Head Architect of the Project Unit.

Works accomplished :

A-Rehabilitation of  military housing in the NATO military zone, Turkey.

B-Design of a military communications centre.

1981- 1982 :

Cengiz Bektas/Architectural  Office in Istanbul/Turkey as an architectural team member.

Major accomplishments:

Participation in the design of an electronics factory, a hospital and a commercial centre.

1977 - 1981 :

SSK ( Social Insurance Society), Izmir/Turkey, as an architect with the labour housing unit. I was involved in the control of several construction sites, the  preparation of bids and the periodic payments to contractors.

1999 –  Appointed to the board of the Fethiye, Chamber of Architects    

(UIA-Union International des Architects).


(Starting by recent works)

1996 – Today:

Own office Fethiye, Turkey.

Major works include.


. Watson Villa 1 Üzümlü

. Watson Villa 2 Üzümlü

.  Zeytinli Konak, House

.  Kargınca House

.  Villa Ebe 2

Primary School, ATA

. Boutique Hotel, Orhaniye

. Faralya 6 Villas


. Villa Cennet Üzümlü

. Villa Artemis, Göcek

. Inanır House, Inlice

. Cook’s house, Ovacık

. Yarham House, Ovacık

. Villa Ebe 1, Faralya

.  Villa Icarus, Göcek

. Villa Horizon, Faralya

Mark Strutt House, Göcek

. Villa Daidalos, Göcek

. Cadavanti Houses

. Villa St. George, Göcek

. Kaya villa, restoration

. Faralya Court (5 houses unit), Faralya

. Villa Papatya, Fethiye

. Waterside Apartments

. Eric&Blyth House, Üzümlü stone cottage

. Ligth House, restoran bar

. Sakin Bahce House

. Denise&Nail Tangal House, Ovacık

. Dirlik Houses (14 stone houses unit), Çiftlik

. Keklik 1 Villa, Üzümlü

. Keklik 2 Villa, Üzümlü

. Konak Babadag. Stone constructed guest house comprising of 20 rooms.

. Renovation of Hillside Beach Club (Holiday Village). Work  included project and supervision.

. Renovation of Belvü Hotel, Oludeniz

. Renovation of Oludeniz Resort Hotel, Oludeniz

. Renovation of Diana Hotel, Ovacık