Tuesday, 15 April 2014 20:01

Dr Graham Tipple delivering lecture at EiABC


On the 10th of April 2014, Dr Graham Tipple, a prominent researcher of housing in developing countries, delivered a public lecture at EiABC, organized by the Chair of Housing. The main focus of the lecture was on the Transformation of Government-Built Housing in Africa and Asia.


Dr Tipple is a consultant in housing and urban issues in developing countries and has worked as Reader in Housing Policy and Development and Director of CARDO in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, University of Newcastle, UK. He has over 30 years experience in housing and urban development issues in developing countries at national and regional (city) level. He spent seven years working in Africa. He has extensively published on urban policy in Africa and the developing world in general. He is currently working on Stocktaking of the Housing Sector in Sub Saharan Africa which includes the case of Ethiopia.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 19:56

Within the frame of a long-term cooperation and the implementation of the project "Housing Sector Development – Making Housing Assets Work" by the Housing Development and Government Buildings Construction Bureau of the Ministry of Urban Development Housing and Construction, EiABC members took part in the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellin, Columbia taking place from 05.11.2014 to 11.4.2014.


In the Forum exhibition and in a networking event the latest research results were presented. MArch Dawit Benti and Dr. Petra Gruber, Chair of Architecture and Design III, MArch Imam M. Hassen, Chair of Housing, and MSc Bisrat Kifle, Chair of Basic Design and Acting Deputy Scientific Director of EiABC, took part in the event.

Foto:  EiABC staff members together with representatives of the MUDHC at the exhibition booth at the World Urban Forum in Medellin, Columbia


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 20:10
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 12:08


EiABC, Chair of Architecture and Design I carried out series of successful studio workshops with AKT II (uk), Sebastian Behrman (studio Olafur Eliasson) and Julia Mauser starting on February 3rd 2014 – march 22nd 2014 at the protoLAB.


The workshop was launched and introduced by Brook Teklehaimanot, Chair holder of The Chair of Architecture and Design I and Director of The EiABC protoLAB. Sebastian Behmann, Head of Design and Development at Studio Olafur Eliasson gave series of Inspiring lectures on the artistic workshop. The lectures were followed by consultations and critique sessions helping involved student’s to develop concepts on the interpretation of light and shadows in relation to three dimensional facades. Students spent days retracing design paths of how to generate certain shadows based on effects both on interior and exterior spaces.


Two Digital workshops within two week intervals were followed the artistic workshop. Jerone Jessen from AKT conducted the first digital tooling workshop. Jerone gave tutorials on rhino and grasshopper. The digital tooling workshop was again run by AKT II with lectures from Jerone and Nicolas Sterling. Sarah Abdulhafiz, Adiam Sertzu, Julia Mauser and Lulit Solomon conducted design tutorials and corrections on student works.

The final semester result guided through these workshops is expected to be concluded by building a 1:1 alternative façade prototype for the city of Addis Ababa.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 12:20
Sustainable Development: EiABC Introduced “Local Agenda 21” to It’s Campus and Launched a New Thematic Research Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 06:46



EiABC successfully organized a thematic research launching workshop and the introduction of the Local Agenda 21 to its campus on March 6, 2014.


The principal investigator of the new thematic research titled “Improving resources efficiency, environmental quality and sustainability of urban areas in Ethiopia”, is Dr. Hailu Worku. During the workshop he explained that it addresses a national priority problem and creates a synergy between research and graduate teaching, and is conducted in collaboration with other institutes of Addis Ababa University.


The workshop introduced as well the concept of “LOCAL AGENDA 21”. Dr. Béatrice Delpouve, the Managing Director of EiABC, explained how EiABC could contribute to the Ethiopia strategy development and to develop in the meantime a sustainable development. EiABC Agenda 21 is a blueprint for environment and development into the 21st century- to its campus, which is the first of its kind in Ethiopia.


Prof. Teketel Yohannes, Director of Research of Addis Ababa University, Dr. Heyaw Terefe, Director of Research of EiABC were among the keynote speakers. The half-day workshop was organized in collaboration with the EiABC 60th Anniversary Celebration Program.




Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 11:30
Saturday, 22 March 2014 05:29


Kite means Knowledge, Integration, Transparency, Education. It is and European-African network for Mobility.Dr. Béatrice Delpouve, the managing Director has been invited by the network to represent EiABC, associate member of the KITE project and to enhance the mobility between Africa and Europe but as well inside Africa within the new African Strategy of Harmonisation of the Higher Education.


EU Partners are:

Masaryk University, Brno, T. Republic (Coordinator)

Lille University, France

Uppsala University, Sweden

University of Porto, Portugal

Szent István University, Hungary

University of Veliko Turnovo, Romania

Vilnius University, Lithuania

Montpellier 2 University, France


African Partners (TG1)

University Nangui Abrogoua, Ivory Coast

Polytechnic of Namibia, Namibia

University of Ngaoundere, Cameroon

Université Marien Ngouabi, Congo

University of Burundi, Burundi

Kenyatta University, Nairobi-Kenya

University of Calabar (Nigeria)


Associate Member in Africa(TG2)

EiABC-University of Addis Ababa

And more other 10 associate members


Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 07:33
Thursday, 20 March 2014 06:03
arcafrica win

EiABC students Aknaw Yohannes and Dagmawi Tilahun have won the first price in international design competition ARCHIGINEER AFRICA.

The competition topic was "Market in urban area in Africa", in response to real and current issues on the African continent. The competition was launched on 1st October 2013 and was closed on 31st January 2014. More than 1 000 participants, professionals and students enrolled in about 80 schools, universities or polytechnics in Africa, from more than 30 countries had been registered.

The jury deliberation was held on 25th February, 2014at Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, Palais de Chaillot in Paris. Following this deliberation, three winners were chosen and special mentions were dedicated to three projects, and several projects have been selected to participate in the international exhibition. This will take place from March 2014 in several cities across Africa and elsewhere: Addis Ababa, Alger, Bamako, Kampala, Kumasi, Lome, Mumbai, New York (tbc), Paris, Tokyo (tbc), Rabat, Tunis, Uberlandia in Brazil.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 06:12
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 07:37


On Saturday February 22, 2014, EiABC celebrated the Graduation of 123 Students of the Bachelor Program Architecture on the Institutes Campus.It was the third commencement ceremony held on EiABC Campus.

Master of Ceremony Bisrat Kifle, the current Deputy Scientific Director of the Institute, introduced the speaker and led through the program. After a welcome speech by the new Managing Director Dr. Beatrice Delpouve,EiABC Scientific Director Joachim Dieter and Architect Fasil Giorghis addressed the graduates, before Guest of Honor Dr. Admasu Tsegaye, President of the Addis Ababa University, congratulated the graduating class and delivered a speech. 
After handing over the degrees through the Director of Undergraduate Programs Darik Zebenigus, Associate Registrar Meseret Seifu and the Institutes Scientific Director Joachim Dieter, Guest of Honor Dr. Admasu Tsegaye had the pleasure to hand over Certificates of Distinction.

EiABC academic and administrative staff would like to congratulate all Graduates for their success, and wishes you all the very best for the future.
We hope you, the students and their families, enjoyed your graduation day and that you keep many happy memories of your time at EiABC.

EiABC celebrated with this historic event the largest amount of graduates in Architecture in the Ethiopian history, and in addition, we celebrate also the 60 years continued existence and anniversary of the former Building College, which today is the EiABC.

We are confident that while increasing the number of graduates from 37 last year to 123 graduates in 2014, we actively contribute to fulfil the demands of the national economy, as well as to the Ethiopian visions of development,written down in the Growth- and Transformation Plan.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 09:15
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 10:09

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Joachim Dieter, Scientific Director of EiABC, and Desalegn Ambaw, State Minister of Urban Development and Construction

On December 17, 2013, EiABC has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Ministry of Urban Development, Housing and Construction (MoUDHC), the Ethiopian Civil Service University (ECSU) and the Ethiopian Cities Association (ECA). 
The four partners will jointly establish an Urban Management Network (UMN) for Ethiopia.The network stakeholders will collaborate to optimise urban governance and management, and capacity development of civil services in Ethiopia by aligning their activities.

The purpose of the network will be to build capacities of the Urban governments and managers, provide demand driven input to the cities, contribute to the sustainable urban development and management, contribute to pleasant urban habitat through good governance and provision of services, attract investment for economic and industrial development of the cities, contribute to alleviation of urban poverty, align operation of network stakeholders to create synergy and to promote best practices and create space for policy dialogue.
Dr. Fisseha Wegayehu, Chairholder of Urban & Regional Planning and Director of Graduate Studies at the EiABC, is representing the Institute in the Urban Management Network.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 14:56
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 08:47


The EiABC had the opportunity to participate in the fifth Ethiopian Cities Week, which was celebrated in Bahir Dar from November 20 – 27, 2013.

Invited by the Addis Ababa City Administration, the Institute had the chance to exhibit output in the three major areas it is involved in: research, teaching and consultancy.

The Addis Ababa exhibition tent was designed and arranged by EiABC in close cooperation with the Addis Ababa Mayors Office.

Various EiABC Chairs exhibited the institutes initiatives, research output, consultancy projects and student works.

EiABC used the chance to share its vision about Ethiopia’s Urban Future while exhibiting “ADDIS 2050 - An alternative pathway into Ethiopia’s Urban Future”, a research done by EiABC and the Future Cities Laboratory Singapore (FCL) of ETH Zürich.

Heart of the exhibition and interaction point between visitors and the exhibitors was the Addis Ababa City Model, which was produced in 1.5 years time by the protoLAB.

EiABC was honoured by the visit of His Excellency Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

The EiABC management would like to thank all involved staff and students for their collaboration and making this exhibition a big success.


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Thursday, 19 December 2013 11:31

The second workshop of the joint research project ‘Rural Housing’ of EiABC and ETH Zurich/FCL Singapore, took place at weekend of December 14-15, 2013 in Wolkite and Agena, Ethiopia.


While the first of these series encouraged the use of new and innovative technologies and methodologies in earth masonry, this second workshop introduced the students to the principles of bamboo as a renewable, easy to obtain and local available construction material. Close to 80% of all bamboo in Africa is growing in Ethiopia. But up to date, no industrial product is developed to take this incredible strong material to the next level of application. The Rural Housing project wants to introduce it again in the younger generation as a material with an incredible potential for the future, starting with easy applications but aiming for a longer investigation for other possibilities such as particle boards, beam structures or columns. This part of the research is heavily going on at the labs in Singapore and hopefully first applications can be planned for the coming years in order to build showcases for this new technology together with Ethiopian partners.

EiABC bamboo expert and member of the National Bamboo Construction Centre, Fiker Assefa, joined Berhanu Gebrewold - PhD candidate in the Chair of Housing – to give a theoretical introduction of the incredible properties of the grass to the Wolkite students. The input explained the characteristics of bamboo, its protection in building applications and the necessary techniques to make it a long lasting and sustainable part of a future building industry, not only in rural areas of Ethiopia.

To understand the practice of bamboo selection and harvesting, the international EiABC/ETH/FCL team conducted a site-visit to a bamboo farm in Agena. Here, students were exposed to the agricultural use of bamboo and various processes of harvesting and marketing. This visit was made possible with the support of Fita Ayalew from the Wolkite Polytechnic College.

Lastly students were introduced to different techniques of bamboo treatment. These techniques varied in range considering both traditional and internationally accepted practices. The training included also discussions around advantages and disadvantages of each treatment. Afterwards, students learned how to store selected bamboo stems correctly after treatment in order to prevent cracking or moulding.

To the success of this workshop contributed Fiker Assefa, Berhanu Gebrewold and Olaf Kammler from EiABC and Tiago Damasceno from ETH/FCL. Also vital to the realisation of this workshop were Fita Ayalew, Human Resource Development Core Process Officer of the Wolkite Polytechnic College, Eshetu and Kassa, graduates of the previous SRDU project and the entire class of students and instructors of Wolkite Polytechnic College.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013 11:38
Friday, 13 December 2013 10:07
Photo: Dawit Benti, Joachim Dieter, Dr. Petra Gruber


In the Senate Meeting on 12.12.2013, the Senate of Addis Ababa University, Chaired by the President HE Dr. Admasu Tsegaye, approved the proposed new MSc in Architecture. The new Master Program will be the fourth MSc program running at EiABC, enhancing the already existing programs MSc Urban Design, MSc Housing & Sustainable Development and MSc Environmental Planning & Landscape Design with one of the Institutes core competences.

The new MSc program is the first proposed program of EiABC following the new “Guidelines for Program Design, Approval and Review” of Addis Ababa University, and therefore leading the way for the additional five various MSc programs in the field of the built environment to be soon submitted for approval.

The program was designed by the Chair of Architecture and Design III, which was established on initiative of the Institutes Scientific Director Joachim Dieter in January 2013. Chairholder Dawit Benti and Dr. Petra Gruber had been appointed program managers for the design of the Master program in Advanced Architectural Design, and delivered exemplary performance and results within narrow time frame.

The Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design is a 2 year full time Master Program that specialises in the field of Advanced Architectural Design and shall be implemented at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development EiABC starting 2014. In response to the educational needs of professionals, The Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design curriculum places particular emphasis on the building as focal unit of design, considering and integrating building as well as context related expertise and boundary conditions.

It provides a disciplined approach to architectural design in a setting that ensures the flexibility and latitude necessary for students to develop their individual talents and skills in order to shape the leading design experts fort he future of Ethiopia.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 06:35
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 07:03


The SRDU research has made a small change to its name, now being called Contextualization of Vocational Training for the Building Sector in Ethiopia, short termed into Rural Housing Research, term which we will use in the future to refer to this program.

Rural Housing Research started this weekend (7th to 9th of December 2013) one of its most important up-scaling programs by giving the first three workshops in the Wolkite Polytechnic College. On this weekend, 25 students and instructors of this Technical College were introduced to the Rural Housing Research as a body of practical and theoretical knowledge. The students visited SRDU I and II and engaged in a discussion with our researchers about the principles of these projects.

Afterwards our Earth Expert Melakeselam Moges, together with the research team gave an introduction to earth as a construction material and its wide spread uses around the world. Small practical tests were done with the students to experience the difference in various types of soils and how to apply this difference.

The last workshop had an introduction to different uses of earth as a construction material.  The students also produced test blocks from different soil samples to test their characteristics. What followed was the mixing of earth and straw in a pit as a preparation for block production. In the afternoon the students produced their first set of adobe straw blocks, a technique developed in the SRDU research project.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 07:17
The CLUVA project held the final conference in Addis Ababa Print E-mail
Monday, 09 December 2013 07:17



The Climate change and Urban Vulnerability in Africa (CLUVA) research project at EiABC held the final conference of the project from 6-8 November 2013 in the premises of the African Union headquarter.  The conference was officially opened by His Excellency Abate Sitotaw, vice Mayor of Addis Ababa.


The objectives of the conference were:

  1. to present the findings of the CLUVA study to African case study city mayors and listen their reflection
  2. to present and discuss the CLUVA scientific results, lessons learnt, and the way forward

The conference was attended on African side by high level representatives and researchers of universities and research centers of six African states, namely Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Africa, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Cameroon accompanied by the vice Mayors of the five case study cities of CLUVA (Addis Ababa, Dar Es Salaam, Ouagadougou, Saint-Louis, and Douala). In addition, heads of offices of the city Government of Addis Ababa also attended the conference. On the European side senior researchers of seven EU universities and research centers, namely Technical University of Munich, Germany, University of Manchester, Great Britain, University of Naples, Italy, Center for Environmental Research, Germany, Norwegian Center for Urban and Regional Study, Norway, and appointed experts.

At the conference twenty-one research papers and 10 PhD dissertation results were presented, round table discussions on how to improve EU- African cooperation, EU research priorities in FP8 opportunities for EU-Africa cooperation, vulnerability, risks and complexity- making sense of science in climate and African urban policies and politics were held.

The conference participants mad a half-day city tour to see the urban development activities in Addis Ababa.


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Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 07:20
EiABC successfully initiates collaboration between Ethiopia, Ghana, Namibia and Germany, supported by DAAD Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 08:36


Good news for the international relations of EiABC: The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) informed EiABC, that the group of

  • Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Science, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
  • Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC), Addis Ababa University
  • Department of Architecture, School of Engineering, Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST) Windhoek
  • School of Architecture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) Kumasi, Ghana

and the external partners ArchiAfrika and Pan African University (PAU, African Union) wins the completion to develop an international Partnership with the financial support of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The collaboration is focused on the development of a textbook to Urban Biodiversity for the higher education of Architects, Landscape Architects, Civil Engineers, Urban- and Environmental Planner in Africa.

The collaboration and successful project proposal was initiated by Prof. Dr. Gerhard Albert from EiABC Competence Centre Environmental Planning and Design.


The program runs from January 2014 up to December 2017 and is donated with around 220.000 € (5.5 Mio ETB)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 08:54
EiABC is member of outstanding European Projects for Higher Education Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 09:14

These projects are designed to facilitate the movement of final year of BSc and Master students, PhD students and Staff between selected national Universities in the European and African regions as a means of building capacity and encouraging socioeconomic development in each region.


These mobility activities will increase the competitiveness and attractiveness of the participating Higher Education Institutions towards the ultimate aim of encouraging ‘brain gain’ rather than ‘brain drain’ within each region. The mobilities are based on an exchange study program (with full recognition at home university) or a full degree program at master or PhD levels.


In addition, EiABC takes actively part of the strategy of Harmonisation of the Higher Education in Africa within the EU-AU project Tuning-Harmonisation .



         - With Europe, EiABC is now an associate member of the following three Erasmus Mundus projects :


                 * Mundus ACP project, http://mundusacp2.up.pt/


                 ANGLE project, Academic Networking, a Gate for Learning Experiences,  http://angle.up.pt/



                * DREAM  project, Dynamizing Research and Education for All through Mobility in ACP,  http://dream.up.pt/


                                                                                 Next deadline: 15th December 2013

       - Within Africa, EiABC is member of the NEW Intra-ACP programme (Mwalimu Nyerere). It is a cooperation and mobility programme in the area of Higher Education, implemented by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Union (EU). The Nyerere programme aims to produce and retain high level African human resources in key areas which are relevant to the development of Africa in order to foster academic integration by enhancing academic and student mobility within the continent. So far, 66 partners from higher education institutions are involved in this programme, and more are expected to join on the basis of a competitive process which is undertaken by the universities themselves.


    - AFIMEGQ, "AFrica For Innovation, Mobility, Exchange, Globalization and Quality« , The project aims to exchange students and scientists in various scientific fields using a multidisciplinary approach between the concepts "live well (activities related to development) and live long (emerging concept of One Health)." This approach allows partners to integrate effectively the four thematic areas of this call for  proposals.    http://www.afimegq.org/



Participation de EiABC in the AFIMEGQ KICK-OFF meeting in Stellenbosch University


  - ERMIT, Entrepreneurship, Resource, Management, Innovation, Technology, The goal of the network is to bring ERMIT partner universities around the creation of an innovative tool to support the development of SMEs. The idea is to encourage students trained on advanced technologies to produce, on the occasion of their academic projects, bricks whose basic rational juxtaposition is possible to improve fundamentally the existing platform (www.technipedia.com).web site on development



Intra-ACP meeting organized by the African Union and European Union for the selected projects



EU-AU Dialogue, EiABC is member of the Pilote project for Harmonisation of Higher Education in Africa. The name of this innovative project named TUNING-Harmonisation in Africa where EiABC is member of the Managing Committee and the leader of the Subject Area Group in Construction. Dr. Beatrice Delpouve and Dr Karola Hahn, respectively the new and the former managing directors of EiABC and Dr Haddis TEKLEMARIAM, teacher in construction in EiABC play a vital role to impact the project; They have published different articles on the academic reform in Africa. 

More information and publications: http://www.tuningafrica.org/



 Management Committee of the Tuning-Harmonisation-in-Africa project in Bilbao

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 12:40
Monday, 21 October 2013 12:16


EiABC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, Institute for Renewable Energy. The signature was done by Prof. Hubert Fechner, Director, and Joachim Dieter, Scientific Director of EiABC. The relationship was established by Dr. Susanne Geissler and Dr. Petra Gruber, Chair of Architecture and Design III during several visits. The cooperation will concern the fields of education, research, technology transfer, capacity building and institutional development. EiABC will benefit from the Technikum Wien's expertise in sustainable urban design and renewable energy systems. It is planned to collaborate on a joint master program and organisation of lectures, seminars, workshops, summer schools and similar activities to exchange knowledge and experience.
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Visit of Dr. Susanne Geissler at EiABC on the 1st of October 2013

Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 12:24
Sunday, 06 October 2013 06:10


Handing over of the G+1 experimental prototype SICU to the Woreda 04 in Lideta Sub City


Three teams from three countries have worked together to finish a real sized prototype house in nine days only.


The closing ceremony started with an opening speech from the Scientific Director Mr. Joachim Dieter. He emphasized the potential of academic research to acquire solutions which can be applied by small communities as well as governmental institutions. Afterwards the project head, Prof. Dr. Dirk Donath, and his international team provided a detailed view of the design and construction process under the attendance and contribution of the Ambassador from Germany HE Mrs. Cyrus, Ambassador of the Republic of South Sudan HE Mr. Arop Kuol Deng, State Minister HE Ato Hailemeskel Tefera (MoUDC), State Minister HE Ato Wondwossen (MoE), Dean of the Bauhaus University – Fac. of Architecture, Prof. Bernd Rudolf, the head of Minister’ Office GCAO, Ato Motuma Temesgen and other stake holders.


Finally the Executive Director at Woreda 04 Administration, Ato Halefom Abay expressed his gratitude and interest on further collaboration.


This project is a further example of experimental research linked with academic education at EiABC. It aims to develop solutions for an alternative urban houseing unit. Modern and traditional construction technologies as well as architectural design focused on technological and process innovations made it possible to create a prototype which will be used by 2 families and where research can be continued.


The objective is to integrate teaching, practice and research in order to develop a housing concept that is affordable and fast to build with an individual, environmental and context-sensitive architecture. The project is embedded within the changing urban structures and societal impact.


You are welcome to visit the project site in Lideta any time to get an own impression. For further information please visit the project website: http://eiabc.edu.et/sicu-sustainable-incremental-construction-unit3.html

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 October 2013 10:48
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 00:00

Launch of the G+1 "SICU-HOUSE in 10 days“ in the Lideta Sub City

pic-2013-09-13-0Three teams from three countries are working together to build a real sized prototype house in 10 days in Addis Ababa. It follows the tradition of experimental research linked with academic education at EiABC.

The “welcome to Africa” project between the EiABC – Bauhaus University and University of South Sudan aims to investigate possibilities and solutions for an alternative urban housing unit designed in conjunction with the construction technology and exchange, local traditions of construction technology, architectural design through technological and process innovations.

The objective is to integrate teaching, practice and research in order to develop a housing prototype that is affordable and fast to construct with an individual, environmental, and context-sensitive architecture. The project is embedded within the changing urban structures and societal impact.

Time: FRI 20/09/2013 - SAT 28/09/2013

Location: LIDETA Sub City, Near the Federal High Court (down from the Abinet square)

Opening: Friday, September 20th, 10:00 AM

Closing Saturday, September 28, 2013, 11:00 AM

Every Day "pass by coffee", 9.30 AM

You are welcome to come around to get a comprehensive insight into an innovative, vibrant architectural intervention.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 18:38
Dr Peter Kellett from Newcastle University has completed an 8-month placement at EiABC Print E-mail
Monday, 16 September 2013 06:19

Dr Kellett and colleagues in the Housing Chair


Dr Peter Kellett from Newcastle University in the UK has recently completed a productive 8 month placement at EiABC as a Visiting Professor. He is an architect and social anthropologist and has been working with Dr Elias Yitbarek and colleagues in the Housing Chair since February this year.


He came as a VSO volunteer through the Engineering Capacity Building Programme (ECBP/EECBP) which aims to strength the teaching and research capacity of universities in Ethiopia. As a specialist in social housing he has been working closely with the housing team on a range of teaching and research projects including the development of a new PhD programme in housing. He hopes to return next year under a planned formal link agreement between the EiABC and the Global Urban Research Unit (GURU) at Newcastle University.


Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 06:35
EiABC projects at the architectural exhibition in Munich, Germany, Sept. 2013 – Jan. 2014 Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00


Afritecture exhibition at Architectural Museum in Munich, Sept. 2013,

photo: Zegeye Cherenet

Two projects are part of the international exhibition at the Architectural Museum in Munich which has been opened on 12th of September. The former EiABC Deputy Scientific Director Zegeye Cherenet has been present at the opening ceremony to launch the SUDU and SECU project which are two out of 28 international projects from 10 African countries.

The Architecture Museum of the Technical University of Munich places in the exhibition "AFRITECTURE - Building Social Change" the focus on those projects which were initiated by architects which involve their conception of global context as the local culture and the needs of individual groups in society.

The projects consider ecological, economic and social aspects and the use of current technologies. Many of the construction projects are developed from local materials and with forgotten building traditions with a direct involvement of the future users in the design and building process. The SUDU and SICU projects have been chosen by the curator Prof. Lepik due to they fit exactly the main intention of the exhibition.

There will be a symposium in November 2013 to discuss the central aspects of the exhibition as the urbanization of Africa, participation and the issue of architectural identity. The current EiABC Deputy Scientific Director Ezana Yoseph will be one of the invited panel members there.

The parallel published catalog presents 20 exemplary works of contemporary architecture in Africa south of the Sahara and creates a comprehensive insight into a specific architectural culture. Dirk Donath (Chair Building Construction) and Dirk Hebel (EiABC Scientific Director 2010-2012) contributed an article there about ‘Teaching Architecture in Ethiopia’ (publ. Hatje Cantz, Sept. 2013).

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 October 2013 04:17
eiabc wishes all students and staff a happy ethiopia new year Print E-mail
Friday, 06 September 2013 09:08
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Invitation for the Opening of the exhibition "Neglected Heritage, Architecture of the First 50 Years of the Capital of Africa" Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 September 2013 11:28

Opening of the exhibition "Neglected Heritage, Architecture of the First 50 Years of the Capital of Africa", realised by Fasil Giorghis & Helawie Sewnet, Monday, September 9th, 6:30 pm


MON 09/09/2013 - THU 26/09/13

Alliance gallery

Free entrance

From Monday to Friday, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday, 9:30 am - 6:00 pm


The Alliance éthio-française cordially invites you to the opening of the exhibition "Neglected Heritage, Architecture of the First 50 Years of the Capital of Africa", realised by Fasil Giorghis and Helawie Sewnet (EiABC) on Monday, September 9th at 6:30 pm.


Looking ambitiously forward to its modern future, Addis Ababa is being transformed beyond recognition; unfortunately it has neglected protecting and integrating its architectural heritage with its urban development. This exhibition realized by Fasil Giorghis, Halawi Sewnet and their students at EIABC in collaboration with the Alliance éthio-francaise, tries to bring attention to Addis Ababa’s built heritage.

Fasil Giorghis will give a lecture on Monday, September 16th at 6:30 pm (Alliance éthio-française Gallery).


CUP (creative urban planner) initiative inauguration Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 June 2013 06:54


CUP (creative urban planner) initiative held its first inauguration and panel discussion on Friday, June 21, 2013.CUP is an initiative organized by three instructors from the chair of urban design and history and theory of Architecture and Urban ism in collaboration with twenty five second year urban and regional planning students.

The initiative’s primary goal is to improve the future of planning in Ethiopia by shaping the thought process and creativity of planning students and professionals. For a start, the initiative organized an extracurricular creativity workshop and studio sessions with planning students. The studio especially focused on developing the visual and analytical skills of students. The studio lasted for more than 10 hours per week for three months.

This process was explained in detail and a panel discussion continued on two main themes: the evaluation of CUP and its future prospects. The CUP team announced its immediate plan, which is to start a summer school with an intention to develop creativity of students. The program was concluded with appreciation of its achievements so far ad recommendations on its future possibilities both in academics and practice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 07:39
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:22

Movie Premiere on Friday 21st June 2013 at Goethe Institute Addis Ababa at 6:30pm.

Originating Spaces by Felix Heisel / Bisrat Kifle

A part of the documentary movie series “_Spaces” on spaces appropriation in Addis Ababa.

African cities have growth rates of up to 5%; this makes them the fastest growing cities in the world today. Extrapolations show that the urban population in Africa currently doubles every 10 to 15 years. Also Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, is in transformation. Currently the home of approximately four million inhabitants, the city might triple its size within the next 30 years due to the increasing rural to urban migration, as well as natural growth. Already today, Addis Ababa suffers from a housing shortage of estimated 700.000 units. And, according to UN-Habitat, 80% of the existing dwellings are in ‘sub-standard, slum like’ conditions. Consequently, in 2011, the Addis Ababa City Administration announced to redevelop all ‘informal’ and ‘unplanned’ parts of the city until 2020.

Hence, now is the right time to document a century old way of living in Addis Ababa. Therefore, in 2011, Felix Heisel and Bisrat Kifle started a research initiative based on cinematic documentaries; following the strong believe that the informal sector can teach important lessons about the use of architecture and its social role. Although originally intended as a teaching tool for students at the EiABC (Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development), public interest in these documentaries started growing fast. Recent screenings for stakeholders and politicians at the EiABC and the Goethe Institute in Addis Ababa developed into interesting discussions on the future of cities in Africa.

This movie series was kindly supported by the German Embassy Addis Ababa and the Goethe Institute Addis Ababa.

The series consists out of 6 documentary movies:
Disappearing, Emerging, Originating, Supporting, Recycling and Materializing Spaces.




Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 07:48
National Bamboo Construction Center (NBCC) and EiABC invite for BAMBOO DAY Print E-mail
Monday, 10 June 2013 08:40

Join the EiABC BAMBOO DAY on Saturday, June 15th, 9:00am, in front of the Swedish Pavilion at EiABC. The event is organised in cooperation with the NBCC, the National Bamboo Construction Center, the Chair of Appropriate Building Technology, German Cooperation and GIZ.

The Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC), Addis Ababa University, has established the National Bamboo Construction Center (NBCC) in November 2012 in its premise to promote and investigate the uses of bamboo as a construction material in Ethiopia.

The Institute invites for a half day “Bamboo Day” event that will be held in its premise on June 15th 2013. The main objective of the event is to show the activities being undertaken in the institute and create awareness among professional about the potentials of using bamboo as construction material in Ethiopia. A presentation by an international bamboo construction expert and a guided tour to several bamboo structures constructed in the premise of EiABC are also included in the program.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 09:00
Monday, 20 May 2013 09:36

EiABC and Goethe Institute would like to invite all members of the EiABC community to a book launch and exhibition of the new book ADDIS MODERN, a book by Prof. Nikolaus Knebel and former students of EIABC, which is a documentation of 1960’s architecture in Addis Ababa on Tuesday, May 21 2013 at 6:30 PM at the Goethe Institute.

The exhibition will be present starting from May 22 up to May 29 at the Goethe Institute for the general public on working days of the week. For EiABC students you will get a chance to win 5 books based on the lottery tickets that you will receive upon visiting the Exhibition.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:00
EiABC workshop “Generating ADDIS” – students from the BAUHAUS UNIVERSITY WEIMAR on a fieldtrip to explore the city (April 27 – May 03 2013) Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 May 2013 08:43


Master Students from the BAUHAUS UNIVERSITY WEIMAR traveled to Addis Ababa to experience the current housing program in Ethiopia. The work is part of the intensive collaboration between EiABC and partners in Germany based on the “welcome africa” project. They investigated individual and specific interviews with different stake holders and involved parties in Addis to get a better insight about the situation and housing backlog. Their visit went along with various lectures by specialists at EiABC. For the upcoming weeks they going to work on computer supported and generated solutions for housing typologies. They will present this on the annual re:load africa workshop in Weimar on July 2013. Further representitives of EiABC will discuss additional shared projects on this occasion.

Master Students from BAUHAUS UNIVERSITY WEIMAR traveled to Addis Ababa to visit the current housing program in Ethiopia. The work is part of the intensive collaboration between EiABC and partners in Germany based on the “welcome africa” project. The participants gathered background information during excursions and interviews. While talking to different stake holders and involved parties an insight view about the current situation and housing backlog could be obtained. Their visit went along with various lectures by specialists at EiABC. For the upcoming weeks they going to work on computer supported and generated solutions for housing typologies. The results will be presented on the annual re:load africa workshop in Weimar on July 2013. At tihs occasion representitives of EiABC will also discuss further shared projects.

contact: dirk.donath@eiabc.edu.et and martin.bielik@uni-weimar.de

Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 07:01
EiABC publication: BUILDING ETHIOPIA, VOL II “Innovations and Development” Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 May 2013 10:35


For the second volume of the EiABC publication series “BUILDING ETHIOPIA”, the editor is calling for papers:


Interested applicants can submit papers, articles, projects and/or products under the theme “INNOVATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT” pertaining to any of the disciplines within the built environment.


Notification of Interests and Abstract: May 31st, 2013

Submission of Paper Draft: July 15th, 2013

Submission of Final Paper: August 31st, 2013

CONTACT: helawie.sewnet@eiabc.edu.et


Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 13:06
Founding of SCIENTISTAS! at EiABC Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 April 2013 07:22


The first meeting of the Scientistas! took place on 23rd of April at EiABC. The Scientistas! are a group of female scientists wishing to support and empower women in their scientific career. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, 8th of May 2013 at 4 pm in the EiABC staff room. In the meeting the specific situation of female scientists at EiABC shall be discussed and targets for empowerment set as well as the form of collaboration framed. The working group is due to meet on a regular basis. The group will also be involved in the advisory activity and establishment of an EiABC gender office, as it is planned by the EiABC management board and defined in the institutes 2013 action plan that this unit goes operational soon. Invited are all female staff members, MSc and PhD Students who are interested to share their experience and embark on a collaboration. Please sign up for the next meeting personally with Darik Zebenigus, Yemisrach Negash or Petra Gruber.




Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 12:52
Lecture on ROBOTIC ARCHITECTURE by Dr. Henriette Bier (TU Delft) Print E-mail
Monday, 15 April 2013 12:26


The EiABC Chair of CAD & Geo-informatics presents a lecture by Dr. Henriette Bier, Assistant Professor at TU Delft/Faculty of Architecture on Monday April 22, 5:30 pm A-Hall, EiABC campus


Technological and conceptual advances in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and material science have enabled some of the 1960-70s visionary ideas to be implemented and tested in recently built robotic prototypes such as Hyperbody's Muscle Projects and dECOi's Aegis Hypo-Surface. While these prototypes obviously point towards a paradigm shift from inanimate towards animate architecture, they do not operate at building but at building component scale and do not address neither socio-economical nor environmental aspects that affect the society at large.
The aim of this research is, therefore, to develop reconfigurable, robotic architecture at building scale that addresses with consideration to environmental impact issues such as overpopulation (rapid urbanisation) and has, therefore, influence on society at large.

Dr. Henriette Bier is the Project leader of Robotic Architecture in the TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture. Results of her research have been published in books, journals and conference proceedings. She regularly leads workshops at universities in Germany, Italy and Belgium, and teaches at design studios within Hyperbody and SpaceLab at TU Delft.


for more information on the research go to: http://www.hyperbody.nl/research/projects/robotic-architecture/

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 07:06
Seifu Birke Foundation donates 70 books to EiABC library Print E-mail
Monday, 08 April 2013 07:30

Melaku Dires, Joachim Dieter, Meskerem Mulugeta, Berhanu Birke, Melbana Seifu, Kassa Tadesse and Representatives of the Lideta SubCity


On Tuesday, March 12 2013, the Seifu Birke Foundation (SBF), represented by the foundations President Ms. Meskerem Mulugeta, handed over 70 books to the EiABC library. The latest books from the thematic areas Urban Design and Planning, Architecture, Building Construction and Landscape Architecture will supplement the existing library's collection and upgrade the library’s capacities.

The late manager of SB Consult, Seifu Birke, was a graduate of the Faculty of Technology of Haile Selassie I University, what is EiABC today.

The Scientific Director Joachim Dieter and the EiABC Management Board thanks the foundation for the commitment and support in upgrading the EiABC library.

In commemorating the achievements and visions of the famous Ethiopian Architect Seifu Birke, EiABC will keep his name and vision alive for future generations. Therefore it was decided during the handover ceremony to dedicate one shelf in the library exclusively for the books that are continuously donated by the Seifu Birke Foundation. 

Saturday, 06 April 2013 09:25

Berhanu Gebrewold, Abinet Bekele, Joachim Dieter, Denamo Addissie, Firehiwot Nesro, Abyssinia Taye, Fiker Asefa, Bushir Mudesir, Aberham Tadele, Leule Mebratie, Teklehaimanot Seifemichael


On 15.03.2013, the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC) attended the AFRICAN BAMBOO CONFERENCE WORKSHOP on invitation of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia at the Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa. EiABC was represented through the Chair of Appropriate Building Technology. Chairholder Denamo Addissie and his team are currently engaged to establish together with our partners GIZ “Labour Market-Oriented Education and Training Programme & National Quality Infrastructure Project”, the Ethiopian Company AFRICAN BAMBOO PLC and students the “EiABC BAMBOO CLUB” to promote bamboo as a construction material through extracurricular activities. Members of the Bamboo Club designed structures in the scale1:25 together with the bamboo expert Jörg Stamm. These models have been exhibited during the conference. To provide practical hands on training for EiABC students, the same structures are currently under construction at the EiABC Campus in 1:1 scale. The Scientific Director Joachim Dieter would like to thank all involved partners, students and staff for their outstanding contribution and the opportunity to participate in this international conference. JD






Last Updated on Saturday, 06 April 2013 09:41
Warka Water exhibited at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, Paris Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 April 2013 08:34

'WarkaWater' has been inaugurated at the opening of the 'FuturoTextiles' exhibition at the Cité des Sciences et de l'industries in Parc de la Villette, Paris. The 9m high tower, which is designed to collect water from the air in Ethiopia, was developed by the studio Architecture and Vision with the EiABC, the IUAV university in Venice and the Italian National Research Institute CNR.


The exhibition was opened by former ministers Claudie Haigneré, Fleur Pellerin et Martine Aubry. Created in 2006 by Lille3000, Futurotextiles is a discovery journey through the world of textiles.

Artistic, playful and poetic, based in science and technology with pieces by some of the greatest creators of the past few years.

WarkaWater is a 9 m high tower constructed with a giunco framework. The fabric inside allows fog-harvesting. The lightweight structure is designed with parametric computing, but can be built with local skills and materials by the village inhabitants. ‘Architecture and Vision’ is inviting institutions, NGO’s and private donators to support the further development of this project and its planned installation in

the North of Ethiopia in 2013.


Tadesse Girmay, a staff at EiABC, was attending the opening of the exhibition on invitation of “Architecture and Vision”. The collaboration among EiABC, the studio Architecture and Vision and the IUAV University in Venice, is developing well and a memorandum of understanding will be signed soon.

Duration: 06.02.2013 - 14.07.2013

Location: Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, 30, avenue

Corentin-Cariou, 75019 Paris, France


Last Updated on Saturday, 06 April 2013 08:45
Saturday, 06 April 2013 08:18


Celebrating the achievement of their academic goals, on March 09, 2013, nearly 40 students of the Program Architecture earned Bachelor degrees at the second Commencement ceremony held on EiABC Campus.

Master of Ceremony Amanuel Teshome introduced the speakers and led through the program. Keynote speaker and Guest of Honour Dr. Jeilu Oumer, Academic Vice President of Addis Ababa University, EiABC Scientific Director Joachim Dieter and Supervisory Board Member Dr. Elias Yitbarek addressed the graduates, while Ato Addis Mebratu, President of the Association of Ethiopian Architects, congratulated the graduating class with a commencement speech.

We hope you, the students and their families, enjoyed your graduation day and that you keep many happy memories of your time at EiABC. We, all academic and administrative staff, are proud of you and wish you all the very best for your future.

We are confident that the Ethiopian labor market will absorb also these competent graduates immediately, and hope to employ some of the best talented as Graduate Assistant in the future.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 April 2013 08:33
Public Lecture on SICU - Sustainable Incremental Construction Unit Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 April 2013 07:57


5:00 PM , Wednesday 13 of March 2013 at the A-Hall

The Chair of Building Construction, Architectural and Design I and CAD & Geo-informatics , EiABC would like to kindly invite everyone for a public lecture on Wednesday 13th of March 2013, at the EiABC campus, starting from 5 Pm till 6:30 Pm at the A-Hall.

The public Lecture will be presented by the collaborating chairs along with the partner chairs from Bauhaus University, Weimar, it will also  include talks with stake holders, and partners along with EiABC students and academicians.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 April 2013 08:10
The SRDU Documentary Film and Construction Manual, inaugurated Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 April 2013 07:37

The SRDU (Sustainable Rural Dwelling Unit) is a research project with a focus on the improvement of rural housing. It aims at capacity building through developing, constructing and disseminating improved housing units with the use of alternative building materials, construction techniques and renewable energy. It relies on strategies of hands-on capacity building with the ultimate aim of scaling-up.  The research has thus far completed two housing units in Gubrie, Guraghe area, with the involvement polytechnic students and local farmers.  In order to disseminate the achievements and lessons learned so far the research has produced a documentary film and a step-by-step construction manual written in Amharic. The film and manual were inaugurated on 22 February, 2013 in the presence of invited guests, EiBAC’s students and instructors.  The inauguration, which was attended by more than fifty guests, included the presentation of the documentary film and exhibition.  At the end of the event copies of the Manual and DVDs of the film were distributed. The SRDU research series was initiated by EiABC’s Housing Chair in, October 2010, and is still going on.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 April 2013 07:55
The EiABC signs MOU with Jommo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 08:39

On the 20th of November, 2012 the EiABC has signed an MoU with the Jommo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya. The signature was done by Prof. Mabel Imbuga, Vice Chancellor, and Joachim Dieter, Scientific Director of EiABC. Dr. Mebrahtu Meles, the Director of the Engineering Capacity Building Program (ecbp/MoE) established the relationship between the EiABC and JKUAT. Since then the EiABC has received two visits in which ended with the agreement between both institutions to cooperate in the fields of education, research, technology transfer, capacity building and institutional development. This cooperation also has a major focus on entrepreneurship, where JKUAT will closely work with the Centre of Entrepreneurship of the EiABC for our students and staff. The second visit of delegates from JKUAT at EiABC served the exchange of experiences in the field of education, with a focus on architectural design and landscape architecture. This team was led by Susan N. Kibue (PhD), Dean of the School of Architecture and Building Sciences at JKUAT.

The EiABC with its rapid increase in student numbers and the need for creating more opportunities signed this agreement to enable creation of other areas of mutual interest between the EiABC and JKUAT. Access to this agreement is available at the International Relations Office internationalrelations@eiabc.edu.et. The coordinating chair in this relationship is the Chairholder of Entrepreneurship Mulu Solomon Bezuneh, who is also the President of the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 08:53
EiABC establishes Chair of Architecture III Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 06:59

Dawit Benti, Joachim Dieter and Petra Gruber

EiABC announces the establishment of the Chair of Architecture III led by Dawit Benti and Petra Gruber. With this step the scientific director Joachim Dieter initiates the reform of the chair structure at EiABC. The new Chair of Architecture III is focusing on high quality architecture in a holistic interpretation, reflecting the current economical, social and technological developments in Ethiopia. The chair will start teaching in the Bachelor of Architecture in summerterm 2013. The students are introduced to an integrative approach to architectural design in order to develop the skills to solve complex building tasks independently, considering real world boundary conditions. Dawit Benti and Petra Gruber are also project leaders for the design of the Master program in Advanced Architectural Design, that is planned to start in autumn 2013. Dawit Benti [March] is a professional architect, having extensive teaching experience at EiABC. Petra Gruber [Dipl.Ing. Dr.techn.] is a Visiting Professor (DAAD), architect and expert in building science and biomimetics with a focus on construction and sustainability.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 April 2013 11:41
EiABC - SICU: Memorandum of understanding signed with woreda 04 Print E-mail
Monday, 21 January 2013 08:57

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Joachim Dieter (EiABC) and Halefom Abay (Woreda 04)

signing the memorandum of understanding

EiABC team along with Woreda 04 team visiting the SICU site
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EiABC and Lideta Sub-City / Woreda 4 have signed a Memorandum of Understanding where both parties would like to develop a friendly and Cooperative relation in the fields of Urban Design, Urban upgrading, Architectural design, and Construction detailing and Building management. During this signage, Ato Halefom Abay (chief Executive Director of Woreda 04) was representing the Woreda while Scientific Director Joachim Dieter was representing EiABC. Both partners were very much Enthused in the official start of the SICU prototype http://www.eiabc.edu.et/sicu which will be the keystone to a lot more collaboration in education, research of architecture, Building Construction and City Development. The EiABC SICU team consists of three chairs (Chair of Building Construction, Chair of Architectural Design I and Chair of CAD & Geo-informatics) who are collaborating to make a building prototype in the city of Addis Ababa. After signage, all parties (EiABC team, Woreda 04 team and other stake holders) went for a visit to the site, and discussed future projections and outcomes.


For more information on SICU visit the web page http://www.eiabc.edu.et/sicu

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 April 2013 11:47
INTRODUCTORY LECTURE Johannes FIEDLER and Petra GRUBER, Visiting Professors at EiABC on Wednesday, January 2nd 2013, 6pm, A-Hall Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 December 2012 11:02

Dipl.Ing. Dr.techn., Visiting Professor, Chair for Urban Design, Johannes Fiedler

is an architect and urban planner from Vienna with a strong background in urban development consultancy and design, carried out in different cultural contexts. His experience involves housing (Palestine, South Africa), urban and regional planning (Cape Verde, Mozambique) and urban design (Europe). Following his dissertation on the phenomena of globalization/ urbanization in 2001, he has developed a broad range of activities in teaching and research and for the past three years he has headed the Chair of Urban Design at TU Braunschweig in Germany. In his presentation, he will present some key projects across all scales of the urban sphere.


Dipl.Ing. Dr.techn., Visiting Professor, Architectural Design, Petra Gruber

is an architect and expert in building science and biomimetics with a focus on construction and sustainability. Apart from extensive professional experience she was assistant professor at the Vienna University of Technology. Since her Doctoral Thesis in 2008 and the founding of her own firm transarch she is involved in international teaching, research and consulting projects, for example in Indonesia and Saudi-Arabia. At the intersection of architecture, arts and science her research focuses on innovation, evolution and adaption of architecture in a context including the natural, economic and socio-cultural environment. In her lecture she will present an outline of her current works.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 December 2012 13:05
Cooperation of GIZ and EiABC for Bamboo Construction Sector Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 06:29

Handover of Bamboo Processing Equipment with: Jörg Stamm (CIM-IE), Joachim Dieter (Scientific Director EiABC), Ezana Yoseph (Deputy Scientific Director EiABC), Denamo Addissie (EiABC Chairholder of Appropriate Building Technologies & Head of National Bamboo Construction Center) and Philipp Conze-Roos (GIZ DPP Coordinator)

German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and African Bamboo Plc. work together in the Strategic Alliance for the Establishment of the Ethiopian Bamboo Sector. As part of the planned activities, various uses of Bamboo are promoted, including the building construction with Bamboo materials. In this context, GIZ and EiABC, the Ethiopian Institute for Architecture, Building Construction and City Development cooperate to set up and strengthen the National Bamboo Construction Center (NBCC) located at EiABC. On December 13, 2012, GIZ has provided EiABC with 25.000 Euro financial support for the NBCC, various office equipment and 2 Bamboo processing machines. Additionally, Mr. Jörg Stamm, a CIM expert working for African Bamboo Plc., works intensively at EiABC to capacitate the Center and to give lectures and workshops to students.
Last Updated on Saturday, 06 April 2013 11:50
Johannes Fiedler New Visiting Professor at EiABC Urban Design Chair Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 08:44

The Chair of Urban Design at EiABC welcomes Visiting Professor Dr. Johannes Fiedler from Austria, who will act as Co-Chairholder for at least one year, supported by DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Program. Dr. Fiedler (54) has a vast experience in urban design and planning consultancy in Europe and many developing countries.

In the past years, he has been heading the Chair of Urban Design at TU Braunschweig (Germany) On December 12th, 2012, all 14 members of EiABC Chair of Urban Design met for a one-day programmatic workshop under the title “The Scope of Urban Design” – with the objective of enhancing the chair’s contribution to the undergraduate programs of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning as well as to the Urban Design Master program.

Staff members shared their experiences and produced suggestions for the strengthening of the chair’s profile in teaching and research. In his presentation, Dr. Fiedler gave his interpretation of the position of the urban design discipline – located in the area where the fields of planning and architecture overlap, however rooted in the realm of architecture.

He stressed the central vocation of urban design as to the production and qualification of public space. Referring to Addis Ababa, Professor Fiedler pointed at the inherent qualities of this city as to user-based production and walkability, qualities to be cherished and maintained in the ongoing process of modernization.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 December 2012 10:16
SICU - Sustainable Incremental City Unit has been launched Print E-mail
Friday, 14 December 2012 10:58
SICU slab tests at EiABC campus                               Addis Ababa, Woreda 04/Kebele 38 ; site where SICU will be constructed

The EiABC Chair of Building Construction, the Chair of Architecture and Design I and the Chair of CAD & Geo-Informatics have started the SICU project which will emphasize on the construction of an incremental housing system aiming to construct a fast and simple prefabricated construction in the city of Addis Ababa. SICU will be :-

  • Constructed in an 8 x 8 meter square area at the Lideta Sub City, Woreda 4 , Kebele 38 - right behind the Federal Court of Addis Ababa
  • combine theoretical knowledge with practical training for higher education at EiABC(training students with realistic parameters of a site and building construction system)
  • promote critical reflections for further implementations; a prototype in the real environment, with real site factors, real neighbors and real risks

Taking the above into account, clear project schedule with appropriate feasibility dates and task force descriptions have been done. Spatial design concepts with clear design and construction parameters have been stated. These concepts are combined with new technologies and material systems in structure, which are under experiment at the EiABC Campus. 

SICU is the second phase of an international research and academic project that includes the realization of three experimental prototypes in scale 1:1 in the years 2011- 2014 : the first prototype is SECU - Sustainable Emerging City Unit - is a material oriented Building realized in three months,(see: http://eiabc.edu.et/secu-project), the second protype SICU , is a building process oriented prototype dealing with participatory design and is to be realized on site in the neighbourhoods of Addis Ababa , The third will be a prototype dealing with building systems, and will be placed in South Sudan. SICU will emphasize on the process of the design and construction, where these processes will involve not only students and academicians but also the neighborhood stake holders and the local community. For more information on SICU refer to http://www.eiabc.edu.et/sicu-project

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 December 2012 08:38
EiABC Students attend the World Student Summit for Sustainability 2012, Nairobi Kenya Print E-mail
Monday, 26 November 2012 05:53

EiABC students Alpha Yacob and Semira Akmel as well as our recent graduate Khlud Mohammed were invited to attend the World Student Summit for Sustainability 2012. About 150 (80 Kenyan and 70 International) well selected students, academics, young entrepreneurs and policymakers had gathered in Nairobi, Kenya and shared their insights on a green economy.

The summit was organized by the World Student Community for Sustainable Development in partnership with the University of Nairobi’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)’s EETU. It took place from 12th to 16th November 2012 at the Multimedia University, Nairobi, Kenya. Further, they were invited to join a post-summit workshop on Green Entrepreneurship, prepared for students motivated to launch green careers and innovative enterprises after the summit.

The summit focused on developing a common understanding of a green economy and how university students’ energy, actions and innovation can be harnessed for an enhanced impact on sustainable development. The summits topics emphasized on energy, waste, water, food and transport. Apart from keynote speeches, poster presentations and group discussions, practical activities were also incorporated into the summit. A competition on sustainable energy design for a Kenyan neighborhood was held in one of the workshops where our students stood number one. Furthermore, the summit was geared to enhance understanding of the Green Economy concept and to increase action towards green entrepreneurship by providing a platform for student-student and student-professional interactions. It also aimed in prioritizing youth actions towards the Green Economy and Sustainable Development.

SRDU-I and II inaugurated and SRDU-III launched Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 08:03

The Sustainable Rural Dwelling Unit (SRDU) research project has inaugurated SRDU-I and II and launched SRDU-III.  The one day event was held on 21 October 2012 in Gubrie-Wolkite , Guraghe Zone  in the presence of H.E. Ato Mekuria Haile, Minister, Ministry of Construction and Urban Development. The focus of SRDU-I and II was capacity building, through hands-on training, and the development of improved housing units. As a result two housing typologies were inaugurated (See Figure-1 above). 

SRDU-III will consolidate and deepen the capacity building started in SRDU-I and II though curriculum development and scientific research at the PhD level. To achieve this, during the launching ceremony a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between five parties: EiABC, Bete-Guraghe Cultural Centre, Wolkite University, the Guraghe Zone Administration and Wolkite Polytechnic College (See Figure-2 above).  The SRDU-III will be carried out in collaboration with ETH-Global, ETH-Future Cities Laboratory (SingCore) and the Arthur Waser Foundation.

Four students from EiABC participated in a Summer School, the Future Cities Laboratory Conference and the Academia Engelberg, 3-16 September 2012 in Switzerland Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 05:59
Alpha Yacob, Michael Tesfaye, Hiwote Negash, Tewedaj Eshetu

In the long-standing cooperation between the ETH Zürich and the Ethiopian Institute for Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC), the Students of Architecture Alpha Yacob, Hiwote Negash, Michael Tesfaye and Tewedaj Eshetu had been invited to the Academia Engelberg, with the topic “Future Cities: Technology, Society and Agencies of Change” from 12-14 September 2012 and presented their experiences in research in the Conference. Their attendance greatly contributes to promoting collaboration in research and education on urban issues through including the perspective of Ethiopian students.

Further, the four students had also participated in a Summer School on the topic “Becoming Neighbors: Sustainable Empowerment and Rich Urban Communities” from 3-8 September 2012, organized by the University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Northwestern Switzerland), and to the Future Cities Laboratory Conference “Territorial Encounters” 10-11 September 2012 in Zurich, organized by the ETH Zurich.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 October 2012 06:11
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 12:37

EiABC published the first scientific architectural and urban book in Ethiopia titled ‘’Building Ethiopia: Sustainability and Innovation in Architecture and Design“. Building Ethiopia attempts to record and document the prominent ideologies, approaches, and discoveries of its time wihin the disciplines of the built environment. It is intended to create a link between the academia, practitioners and decision makers of the building sector, as only the integration of these three actors will bring about the changes and innovations needed to push the construction industry forward. This publication hopes to become a medium through which further partnerships and collaborations within the respective disciplines are forged, as well as a provocative platform for constructive discussions about the NOW and the very near TOMORROW of the architecture of ETHIOPIA, which is loaded with both tremendous potentials and formidable challenges.

The book was produced and edited by Zegeye Cherenet and Helawie Sewnet and contains 40 chapters by various authors. It is available on the market now for a net price of 500 ETB. It will be found at the Book World stores in the city as well as on the EiABC campus. For international purchase, the book will be online at Amazon soon.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 07:33
The Sustainable Rural Dwelling Unit (SRDU) research series will inaugurate SRDU-I and II and launch SRDU-III Print E-mail
Monday, 08 October 2012 07:19

The Housing Chair of EiABC is organizing an event marking the successful completion of SRDU-I and II and the launching of SRDU-III. The event will be held on 21 October 2012 at the research site in Gubrie, Guraghe zone. In the full day ceremony government officials stakeholders, academics and local residents are expected to attend. During the ceremony certificate of accomplishment  will be awarded to local SRDU trainees. The research project is designed in three phases: Phase- 1 dealt with the documentation and study of the existing rural housing and the construction of SRDU-I, Phase-2 dealt with the construction of SRDU-II, and Phase-3 (SRDU-III) deals with the up-scaling of the SRDU-I and II and the contextualization of vocational training.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 October 2012 08:29
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 07:34



Please click here to download the invitaion card

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 April 2013 11:54
D-Talk: Discovery, Developmental…” networking session organized by EiABC-AIESEC Print E-mail
Friday, 21 September 2012 14:37

The Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development, EiABC, Reform and Quality Assurance office with AIESEC organized a “D-Talks”: discovery, developmental… session on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012, at 4:00pm. The session was aimed at enhancing international communication, intercultural discussion and other related aspects in which fellows from different part of the world (Ghana, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Poland and Tanzania) participated to share experiences and have an open discussion with EiABC staff members.

More than twenty three EiABC staff and eight AIESEC members attended the networking session. The program was an exciting moment for the attendees as it promotes free speech, open spaced communication, English language proficiency, refreshment and other similar activities.

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