AD–WO is an architectural practice based between New York and Providence, 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.
Is founding partner of AD–WO and designer at Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG), working on large-scale commercial projects in New York. She has worked with LAB Architecture Studio and Minifie van Schaik in Melbourne, and at Toshihiro Oki Architect in New York, and her project experience ranges from private residential through to large-scale urban development and construction management. She graduated in Architecture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University.
Is founding partner of AD–WO and Assistant Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design where he teaches history/theory and design courses. Admassu has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and 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. He graduated in Architecture from Southern Polytechnic State University, then Advanced Architectural Design and Advanced Architectural Research programs at Columbia University.
Design: LeClair Lucas