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Emanuel Admassu

Emanuel Admassu (’12 MSAAD, ’13 AAR) is an architect and assistant professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). He teaches design studios and theory seminars in architecture and urban design. Prior to joining GSAPP, he taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and Harvard GSD. He is also one of the founding board members of the Black Reconstruction Collective.

Admassu’s work focuses on spatial justice and African urbanism. His art and architecture practice AD—WO—in partnership with Jen Wood—investigates how race and space are constructed through practices of imaging and measuring. Their work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Venice Biennale (2023), the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2023), the Museum of Modern Art (2021), Architekturmuseum der TU München (2018), and the Studio Museum in Harlem (2017). AD—WO’s work is part of the permanent collections at the Art Institute of Chicago and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Admassu is the co-editor of Where Is Africa (with Anita N. Bateman; CARA, 2024), an anthology of interviews, essays, and artworks concerned with the dominant (mis)positioning of the arts in and on Africa.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4047‑1 Fall 2024
Immeasurable Sites
Emanuel Admassu
W 11 AM - 1 PM
3 Points
A4105‑11 Fall 2024
Advanced Studio V
Emanuel Admassu
600 + 700 AVERY
A4047‑1 Spring 2024
Immeasurable Sites
Immeasurable sites admassu erichagerman heqiaomeng sp24 plot artboard
Immeasurable sites admassu syeedasimmons jisookim sp24 collage
Emanuel Admassu
W 11 AM - 1 PM
3 Points
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