AD–WO

AD–WO is an architectural practice based in Providence, Rhode Island, and by extension between Ethiopia and Australia. The practice is committed to establishing an operational terrain between the discipline’s content and container, through a constant reimagining of culture and context.

AD–WO has undertaken projects in Ethiopia, Israel, South Korea, Sweden, and the United States, engaging with programs as varied as multi-family residential, agricultural township revitalization, urban renewal in immigrant communities, collaborative art installations, and exhibition design. As a roving practice, AD–WO is committed to operating somewhere between traditional disciplinary boundaries and across geographic borders, investing equally into theoretical research and built projects. AD–WO’s work is direct and responsive yet seeks to create environments for unexpected narratives to emerge.

Jen Wood (Melbourne, Australia)

Is a founding partner of AD–WO. Until 2018, Wood was a Project Leader at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) for The Spiral tower in New York City, and designer for World Trade Center Tower 2 in New York City and Google in Bayview and Charleston East. Wood has also worked with Toshihiro Oki Architect in New York, LAB Architecture Studio and Minifie van Schaik in Melbourne, Australia. Her project experience ranges from private residential through to large-scale urban development and construction management. Wood received her Bachelor and Master of Architecture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology where she was awarded the Anne Butler Memorial Prize. Wood completed an additional Master in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University, receiving an Honor Award for Excellence in Design.

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 undergraduate and graduate history/theory and design courses. Admassu has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and has worked with practices in Atlanta and New York. Admassu is committed to research and has recently been examining the constructed identities of urban markets in East Africa. Admassu completed his Bachelor of Architecture at Southern Polytechnic State University, and a Master of Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University where he was awarded the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize, and an Honor Award for Excellence in Design. Following his Masters, Admassu undertook the Advanced Architectural Research program at Columbia University.