AD–WO is an architectural practice based in Providence, and by extension, between Melbourne and Addis Ababa. The practice is committed to establishing an operational terrain between architecture’s content and container. 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, civic infrastructure, collaborative art installations, and exhibition design. As a roving practice, AD–WO is committed to research and design across geopolitical borders. 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 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. Admassu has taught at Columbia University (GSAPP) and worked with design practices in Atlanta and New York City. Admassu is committed to research, focusing on examining the constructed identities of urban markets in East 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