AD—WO is an art and architecture practice based in Providence, Rhode Island, and by extension, between Melbourne and Addis Ababa. The practice aims to establish an operational terrain between architecture’s content and container. AD—WO has undertaken projects in Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Korea, Germany, and the United States, engaging with programs as varied as multi-family residential, agricultural township revitalization, civic infrastructure in immigrant communities, collaborative art installations, and exhibition design. As a roving practice, AD—WO is committed to research and design across geopolitical borders.

Jen Wood (Melbourne, Australia)

Is a founding partner of AD—WO. Until 2018, Wood was at BIG as a Project Leader of The Spiral tower in New York City. Wood has also worked with Toshihiro Oki Architect in New York, LAB Architecture Studio, and Minifie van Schaik in Melbourne. Her project experience ranges from residential through to large-scale urban development. Wood received her Bachelor and Master of Architecture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and a Master in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University. Wood is a licensed Architect in the state of New York.

Emanuel Admassu (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

Is a founding partner of AD—WO and an Assistant Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he teaches design studios and theory seminars. He has taught at Columbia University (GSAPP) and worked with design practices in Atlanta and New York City. Admassu’s teaching, research, and design practices examine diasporic conditions in the US and the Horn of Africa. Admassu completed his Bachelor of Architecture at Southern Polytechnic State University, followed by a Master of Advanced Architectural Design and Advanced Architectural Research certificate at Columbia University.

Portrait by Rachel Hulin