Ismeth Raheem was first an artist and, with Laki Senanayake, a founder member of the Young Artists Group. 

He studied architecture at Katubedde and in Copenhagen.  He assisted Geoffrey Bawa between 1968 and 1976 and worked on a number of key projects such as the Colombo Y.W.C.A., the Serendib Hotel and the Agrarian Research and Training Institute.

During this period, he also designed furniture and created artworks for various Bawa hotels. Later, he practiced with Pheroze Choksy and was the architect of the celebrated Habarana Lodge Hotel.

Ismeth Raheem is interviewed, by Rajiva Wijesinhseries for ‘The Past is Another Country’ a series of interviews with individuals distinguished for their contributions to culture and to society …


He has a wide range of interests and has published a number of books on the history of photography in Sri Lanka.