New Technological innovation for blinds and transforming the livelihood at EiABC Print E-mail
Monday, 21 July 2014 07:00

The project is a practical project targeted to enhance the spatial understanding of the blind people and creates a simpler mechanism for navigating blinds. It requires a minimum of five students and two assisting advisors from the chair of Urban design.

The major partners of this project in Addis Ababa city are, The Ethiopian National Association of the Blind, Non Governmental Organizations working on Handicaps and EiABC The project is conducted by two students from the Undergraduate classes of Urban and regional planning program namely Bizuayehu Jembere and Sadat Bedru with Tibebu Assefa from the chair of Urban design.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 12:19
APPLICATION MAAD MSc in Advanced Architetural Design Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 07:22


More information see Master Programs page




Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 10:15
Monday, 07 July 2014 10:46

The projects and the winners are:


- Renovation works for EiABC Lecture Hall Building, under the expertise of our Academic staff, Solomon G/Hiwot, with the company BEREKA CONSTRUCTION

- Asphalt Road and Cobble Stone Pavements, under the expertise of our Academic Staff, Wondwossen Tadesse, with the company BIYANKO BUILDING CONTRACTOR PLC

- New ICT Infrastructure in order to allow EiABC to develop its e-learning strategic plan and his internet connexion, under the expertise of the Head of ICT Walelegne  Beyene, with SYMBOL TECHNOLOGY PLC

All the work renovations and construction will start on Monday and will be achieved for the new academic year.

Monday, 07 July 2014 10:42

Saturday 5th of July, a staff delegation with representatives from the Campus Police, the General Service and the Student service, came to thank the Management Board of EiABC for their new Uniforms, received on time and accordingly the quality they requested.


The Management of all EiABC Uniform started some months ago with the nomination of a Technical Committee elected by the employees themselves and in charge of the evaluation of their needs and quality. After the Bid process, the employees received their materials and some of them will be tailor-made.

This participation approach is well appreciated by the staff expecting the recognition of their special need to work in a better condition at EiABC.

GrAB "Growing as Building" workshop with international scientists Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2014 10:25

Growing as Building student workshop at EiABC

In the week from 9. to 12. of June 2104 the Chair of Architecture and Design III hosted a student workshop within the frame of the research project GrAB Growing As Building. The project is a 2,5 years research, located at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and funded by the Austrian Science fund FWF. The Austrian project partners, Dr. Barbara Imhof and Mag. Waltraut Hoheneder from LIQUIFER Systems Group, Vienna, were conducting the workshop together with Chairholder Dr. Petra Gruber, DI Solweig Kieser and BSc. Mohammedneja Shikur.
The workshop aimed at translating results from the basic research about growth in nature into architectural concepts. Themes of the workshop included: natural composite materials, research and modeling of constructions found in endemic ethiopian plants, concepts for gradual change of structural properties by water uptake and designing moulds for natural grown material. The concepts generated in the workshop will be taken further in the next steps of the research project.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 11:12
Thursday, 05 June 2014 06:50


On the 24th and the 25th of June 2014 the Chair of Architecture & Dwelling of the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture organizes an International Conference called ‘Double Day on Dwelling’.

On the 24th of June the topic will be ‘ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES ON HOUSING’ with lectures by:
Victoria Easton (ETHZ), Oliver Heckmann (SUTD), Monique Eleb (ENSA, Paris Malaquais), Dick van Gameren (TU Delft), Carmen Espegel (ETSA Madrid), Orsina Simona Pierini (Politecnico di Milano) and Gerald Ledent (Université Catholique de Louvain).
After the lectures we will have a panel discussion moderated by Dirk van den Heuvel (TU Delft).

On the 25th of June the topic will ‘GLOBAL HOUSING’ with lectures by:
Rainer Hehl (ETHZ & TU Berlin), Anteneh Tesfaye (EiABC) and Charles Correa from India.
Students will present the results of the two Global Housing MSc Studios ‘Charging Chandigarh’ and ‘Addis Additions’, as well as a presentation of the results of the Student Workshop ‘Habitat Design India, Ahmedabad’ will take place.
This day will be closed with a panel discussion moderated by Tom Avermaete (TU Delft).

Both days start at 9.30 and take place in the Berlagezaal at the Faculty of Architecture, Julianalaan 134, Delft, The Netherlands.
Admission is free, but please register by email:


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 11:58
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 08:56

Korea DMZ Peace and Life Valley, Korea | photo credit: Jongoh Kim


The Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development in cooperation with Adama Science and Technology University invite for a lecture by renowned Korean Architect Seung Hyosang. Monday, June 16 2014, EiABC A-Hall, 18:00pm

more information about Mr. Seung Hyo Sang and IROJE on

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 12:04
The Water Resilient Green Cities in Africa (WGA) project conducted the first local stakeholder workshop Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 13:14


The Water Resilient Green Cities in Africa (WGA) project of EiABC conducted a one-day local stakeholder meeting on May 8, 2014. The objectives of the workshop are to introduce the WGA project to local level stakeholders; to get some knowledge on the currently practiced strategies for coping with flood and drought in Addis; and to get the consent of local level stakeholders for participating in the WGA project activities. This workshop is the continuation of the city level workshop we conducted in January 2014.


The participants were drawn from the project site in the Little Akaki and Jemo catchment in Nefas Silk- Lafto and Kolfe- Keranyo subcities. Thirty-five participants from five woredas, community based organizations, Mekanissa urban farmer association and Mekanissa evangelical seminarium attended the workshop. Ato Yonas Ayalew, deputy head of the Construction and Housing Development Bureau of Addis Ababa opened the workshop and briefed the participants about the involvement of the city administration of Addis Ababa. He stressed that all stakeholders should collaborate and contribute to the success of the project.


At the workshop, Dr. Kumelachew Yeshitela, project director of WGA, briefed the participants about the objectives of the research project. Dr. Hailu Worku, a post-doc researcher at the project presented the “Food Problems of Addis Ababa”. Ato Abraham Workneh, city researcher at the project presented the WGA project catchment conditions and case study sites. Dr. Ketema Abebe (city researcher) and Ato Liku Workalemahu (PhD student) led the group exercise on “available strategies for coping with floods and droughts in Addis Ababa”.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 06:47
Monday, 19 May 2014 12:35

GC organised blood donation week!


The graduating class from the Undergraduate Programs of Urban and Regional Planning URPL and Construction Technology and Management CoTM at EiABC organised a one-week blood donation event. The students decided to dedicate their time to organise this event for promoting the culture of blood donation among the youth. Blood donation is a simple action that can save peoples lives. Introducing and promoting this culture among young students will have a positive impact on society and will teach social responsibility for everyone. The event took place on the second week of May, students and staff were welcome to donate.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 06:57
Monday, 19 May 2014 11:06


The new terminal of Vienna Airport, © Roman Bönsch




Photo shooting in Addis Ababa within the frame of the training, Roman Bönsch and EiABC staff.


The Chair of Architecture and Design III organised a Training on professional Architectural Photography for the academic staff members of EiABC.


The 10-day workshop was conducted by the Austrian architect and photographer Roman Bönsch and held from May 2nd to May 10th, 2014.

The training consisted of lectures, exercises and shooting sessions at the EiABC Campus, in Addis Ababa City and Awassa.In the theory lessions a extensive introduction into the subject was given, general and specific challenges of Architectural Photography, processing and publishing were discussed.

The professional equipment components were explained and demonstrated to the workshop team, site planning, time/light  planning, the standpoint, manual exposure, focusing, perspective control, panoramic photography, timelapse photography

were trained practically during the exercises and shooting sessions. An introduction into the Digital Darkroom was also part of the training (monitor calibrating, lens correction, noise, color correction etc.)

Furthermore, the participants learned to deal with professional photo-software for post-processing. Image Output and Archiving were as well subject of the training.

A two-day excursion to Awassa took place, where the team shooted mainly the architectural work of architect Zeleke Belay on the University Campus Awassa for an upcoming publication. 11 staff members of EiABC participated in the training.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 07:04
Friday, 16 May 2014 06:19


On April 18 2014, Prof. Dick van Gameren, Chairman, Department of Architecture at the TU-Delft, and EiABC Scientific Director Joachim Dieter signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Addis Ababa.

With the MoU, both Institutes reinforce and expand the already existing cooperation and exchange programs that had been initially established between Chair of Housing Design at TU Delft and the Chair of Architecture and Design II.

Dick van Gameren, well known for his design of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Addis Ababa, visited EiABC already several times with the Chair of Architecture and Dwelling of TU Delft and the design studio 'Global Housing Studio'.

With the TU Delft as a very prominent school in Europe, our Institute EiABC won a strong partner with a focus on engineering and applied sciences.

The Department of Architecture of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment TU Delft and the EiABC are keen on creating a strong collaboration of teaching and research.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 07:07
Thursday, 15 May 2014 08:10

The Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development, EiABC, and the Chair of Architecture and Design III are pleased to announce the newly introduced Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design MAAD. The  Master Program specialises in the field of Advanced Architectural Design, emphasising on the building as focal unit of design based on the context related expertise. The program is structured in content based modules on contextual design, theory, history and culture, building science, advanced building structures, design realisation and emergent technologies, architectural design courses and a design based master thesis.


It is a two year full time Master Program, starting in the academic year 2014.

The applicant must have qualifications above average of his/her former Bachelor of Science Studies in Architecture of a duration of at least 5 academic years, and 2 years of professional experience.

Students have to apply at Addis Ababa University in May or June 2014.

The student must submit a portfolio of his/her personal work and and pass an entrance exam and a standardised English language test.

The portfolio shall contain: a CV, the B.Sc. graduation project, copies of academic qualifications, selected works of practice and studies, sponsorship letter, two recommendation letters (one employer's and one teacher's) and a personal motivation letter.


15 students will be admitted to the Master Program.


Chair: Chair of Architecture and Design III

Master Program: Master of Science in  Advanced  Architectural  Design (MAAD)

Start of the Master Program: Academic year 2014

Registration place: Addis Ababa University

Registration time: May/June 2014

Admission requirements:

-Bachelor of Science Studies in Architecture of a duration of at least five academic years

-Qualifications above average

-2 years of professional experience.

- portfolio submission

- entrance exam at EiABC




for application and dates: main registrar office Addis Ababa University

for content related questions: Chair holders of Architecture and Design III

MArch Dawit Benti,, DI Dr Petra Gruber,


Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 07:10
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 08:55





Architectural Design Competition for a BUS and TAXI STOP



AA Road and Transport Bureau (AARTB) Project



Major Bus and Taxi Stop Areas



EiABC Staff & Students Registration: @ Director of Undergraduate Programs office with secretary Rahel




We are looking for creative, functional and financially feasible designs. The ‘standard’ Bus/Taxi Stop design should be able to adjust to different site conditions, in other words be able to be reproduced all over the city. It is also necessary to have a extension design to the bus stop in the event that the bus stop needs to be enlarged. The minimum size of the bus/taxi stop is 2m by 4m + the extension.




2D Drawings on max. 2A1 sheets mounted on rigid boards:

Site Plan 1:50/20

Floor Plans, Sections and Elevations 1:50/20

Photo prints of rendered 3D views showing the structures appearance from all corners

Design report including design concept, constructional and structural considerations, floor area calculation & cost estimate

Code identification letter


Drawings shall be presented on non-transparent plotting papers

Drawings & photo prints to be mounted on rigid boards.

All Drawings & prints to be marked on the lower right corner, with the Identification Code.

The Identification Code must consist of 4-digits ending with an English alphabet.

The Code Identification letter shall be sealed separately in a business letter envelope and shall be marked clearly ‘Code Identification Letter’.

Submission Venue: the Technical Advisor’s office, EiABC



1st - Prize: Birr 75.000

2nd - Prize: Birr 50.000

3rd - Prize: Birr 30.000

4th - Prize: Birr 20.000

5th - Prize: Birr 10.000 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 07:15
MACU Workshop at EiABC Campus Addis Ababa Print E-mail
Friday, 09 May 2014 08:12


9th - 15th May 2014


Scientists and students from EIABC and the Bauhaus University Weimar in Germany meet together for a collaborative workshop on the first fully CNC (Computer Numerical Control) fabricated building in Ethiopia.


As a continuation of the experimental Prototypes (2012 SECU- Sustainable Emerging City Unit and the 2013 SICU- Sustainable Incremental Construction Unit) built by international teams from EiABC and Bauhaus University, there will be a workshop from 9th to 15th of May bringing 16 students and project members from both sides together at EIABC to work on the third house: MACU (Mobile automated contemporary Unit).


The workshop will focus on detailing solutions for a customized, digitally fabricated G+1 Housing Unit to be set up in Juba, South Sudan. The University of Juba is the third Partner joining this international research project.


The project focuses on joining traditional wood craftsmanship with contemporary CNC Fabrication techniques using only plywood construction elements without metal or glue. By using advanced parametric CAD tools the research team will develop a structure that is able to adapt to different surroundings both in location and fabrication. The Project is financed by the Ethiopian and German Federal Ministries of Education.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 07:18
EiABC Visits the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Print E-mail
Friday, 02 May 2014 08:43

A team of staff and students from the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC) of the Addis Ababa University visited the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on April 30, 2014. EiABC is playing a leading role in training students in design, construction technology and management and actively involved in conducting research in the fields of the built environment of the country. The visit was organized as one of the educational and social responsibilities of EiABC, but most importantly as the institute’s commitment and support to the national growth and transformation plan of the country. Ethiopia for the last several years has been registering tremendous growth rates of urbanization, which in turn requires high amounts of energy demands and projects like GERD have great potential in supporting this growth in the right direction. This trip was also organized as part of EiABC’s 60th year Anniversary.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 07:22
Informal Architecture" Exhibition Held at the Goethe Institute Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 11:23


On March and April we celebrated the exposition of the "Informal Architecture" exhibition hosted at the Goethe Institute in Addis Ababa. The exhibition displayed the collaborative works between the EiABC, the Bauhaus University Weimar and the ETH Zürich over the last three years. Accompanying the exhibition was a conference titled “Informal Addis Ababa”, which presented lectures and lively discussions by international and local professionals with a focus on the changing DNA of Addis Ababa. The exhibition was successfully completed on April 28, 2014.


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 07:25
ERMIT Intra-ACP et AFIMEGQ Intra-ACP workshops organized at EiABC from 17th to 27th of APRIL 2014 Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2014 08:45


EiABC welcome more than 16 different universities from 10 African Countries, to implement Student and staff mobility, to improve Electronic platform of TECHNIPEDIA (to create your business thanks to the technologic knowledge put on the platform), to create a join module in Entrepreneurship for all students available by e-learning and face-to-face, to share experiences to design curriculum in the light of the Harmonisation of Higher Education in Africa promoted by African Union and European Commissions.


The EU has selected the networks in 2012 and 2013 after a strong competition among all countries in Africa. Students and staff from EiABC/Addis Ababa University can get the chance to have grants to do mobility in one of the partner institutions. It takes part of the EiABC Strategy plan to develop the International profile of the Institution and to diversify the origin of partner institutions. Setting up networks in Africa by this Intra-projects is one important issue for EiABC/AAU and to play a leader role to involve other Ethiopia Universities to participate to such networks of Excellence.

Coordinator at EiABC : Dr. Béatrice Delpouve,

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 07:29
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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 07:32
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 Wednesday, 18 June 2014 07:49
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 Wednesday, 18 June 2014 07:53
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 Wednesday, 18 June 2014 07:59
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 Wednesday, 18 June 2014 08:03
Thursday, 20 March 2014 06:03


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 Wednesday, 18 June 2014 08:05
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, 18 June 2014 08:09
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 10:09

Desalegn Ambaw joachim dieter-s (1)

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.

For more information please visit:

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.


For more information please visit:

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,


                 ANGLE project, Academic Networking, a Gate for Learning Experiences,



                * DREAM  project, Dynamizing Research and Education for All through Mobility in ACP,


                                                                                 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.



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 ( 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:



 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:

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.

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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



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:

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

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