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Emanuel Admassu

Emanuel Admassu (‘12 MSAAD, ‘13 AAR) will be an Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP beginning July 1, 2021. He is an architect and founding partner, with Jen Wood, of AD—WO, an art and architecture practice currently based in Providence, and by extension, between Melbourne and Addis Ababa. He is also a founding member of the Black Reconstruction Collective.

His design, teaching and research practices operate at the intersection of design theory, spatial justice, contemporary African art, postcolonial theory and critical theory. The work meditates on the international constellation of Afrodiasporic spaces. Most recently, he has been analyzing the socio-spatial identities of two urban marketplaces: Kariakoo in Dar es Salaam and Merkato in Addis Ababa. Emanuel is currently teaching at RISD Architecture, and he has previously taught at Harvard GSD.

Emanuel and AD—WO were selected to be part of the upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America. Their installation focuses on the immeasurability of Black spatial practices in Atlanta and the Atlantic.