Emanuel Admassu

Design Critic in Architecture

Emanuel Admassu 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 is an Associate Professor at RISD Architecture, where he teaches design studios and theory seminars. Admassu’s design, teaching and research practices operate at the intersection of design theory, spatial justice, contemporary African art, postcolonial theory, and critical theory. He has taught at Columbia GSAPP and worked with design practices in Atlanta and New York City. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he is specifically committed to thinking about diasporic conditions in the US and East/Horn of Africa. Mostly recently, he has been analyzing the constructed identities of two urban marketplaces: Kariakoo in Dar es Salaam and Merkato in Addis Ababa.