Emanuel Admassu (born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) is an architect and founding partner with Jen Wood of AD—WO, an art and architecture practice based in Providence, and by extension, between Melbourne and Addis Ababa. He has taught at Columbia University (GSAPP) and worked with architectural practices in Atlanta and New York City. Admassu’s design, teaching and research practices operate at the intersection of design theory, spatial justice, contemporary African art, postcolonial theory and critical theory. The work is specifically committed to thinking about diasporic conditions in the US and East Africa. Most recently, he has been analyzing the constructed identities of two urban marketplaces: Kariakoo in Dar es Salaam and Merkato in Addis Ababa.
Spring 2021 Courses