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Conversation: Architects Emanuel Admassu and Jen Wood of AD–WO with Dawit L. Petros

Photo by Tom Harris

About the program

Program Location

Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute

The Art Institute of Chicago

111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

Thursday: 11:00 AM-8:00 PM
Friday-Monday: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM

Join Emanuel Admassu and Jen Wood, principal architects of AD–WO, for a presentation of their recent projects—including 100 Links, their installation for the Chicago Architecture Biennial (currently on view at the Chicago Cultural Center). After the presentation, Admassu and Wood will join visual artist Dawit L. Petros in a conversation on how the entanglement of colonialism and migration connects Africa, Europe, and North America, and demands new forms of spatial imagination.


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The Buell Center and AD—WO, Columbia University

New York, United States


The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture was founded at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (New York City) in 1983. In recent years, the Center has convened conversations among overlapping constituencies, including academics, students, professionals, and the general public. Its current project addresses the topic of Architecture and Land in the Americas, in its historical significance and contemporary relevance. The Center’s director, Lucia Allais (b. London, 1974), is a historian and critic of architecture whose work focuses on the relation between architecture, politics, and technology in the modern period and on the global stage.

AD—WO (Partners: Jen Wood b. Naarm/Melbourne, Australia, 1984, & Emanuel Admassu, b. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1983), is an art and architecture practice based in New York City, and by extension, between Melbourne and Addis Ababa. The practice aims to establish an operational terrain between architecture’s content and container: equally committed to designing buildings and reimagining their sociopolitical contexts. Founded in 2015, AD—WO has undertaken projects in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Germany, and the United States. Their work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, Architekturmueum der TU Munchen, and Art Omi. AD—WO’s work is part of the permanent collection at the High Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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