Rahel Shawl, Ethiopia’s Prize!

Rahel Shawl


AWiB congratulates Rahel Shawl on her nomination for the RA Dorfman Award.  We are proud that one of ours has made it to this prestigious global scene–one of many for this formidable architect of Ethiopia.

Five architects to know: meet the shortlist of the RA Dorfman Award which champions global talent that represents the future of architecture. From a collective encouraging communities in Bogotá to self-organize to build, to a woman architect mentoring the next generation in Ethiopia, the shortlist for the first RA Dorfman Award recognizes global talent from around the world. The shortlist of five architects includes: • Arquitectura Expandida (Colombia) • Go Hasegawa, Founder, Go Hasegawa and Associates (Japan) • Anne Holtrop, Founder, Studio Anne Holtrop (The Netherlands and Bahrain) • Rahel Shawl, Founder, RAAS Architects (Ethiopia) • Alireza Taghaboni, Founder, nextoffice (Iran)

The RA will host a week-long public celebration from 2 – 8 July 2018, which will include the selection of the winner of the Royal Academy Dorfman Award following a public presentation, as well as an address by Itsuko Hasegawa, the winner of the Royal Academy Architecture Prize. Collectively the awards demonstrate the RA’s role as a global advocate for architecture, realizing the RA’s mission to garner a wider appreciation and understanding of architecture’s vital relationship to culture and society.

Rahel Shawlis the founder and director of one of the leading architectural practices in Ethiopia, as well as a role model, advisor and mentor for emerging architects. Born and educated in Ethiopia, she co-founded Abba Architects in 1992, founded Raas Architects in 2004 and co-founded Equinox Property Developers in 2012. Under her leadership, she and her team of 16 at Raas Architects have worked on a wide range of projects including embassies, schools, health centers, offices, commercial, industrial and residential buildings.

Rahel received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2007 for her work as architect of record on the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa. Rahel was also the first architect from sub-Saharan Africa to be awarded the Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2017. She was appointed as an Honorary Good Will Ambassador for Zer Ethiopia in 2014, an NGO promoting Young Ethiopian Girls in Education. She also received the AEA best Architecture Piece Award in 2017 for her collaborative work on the Embassy of South Africa in Addis Ababa and the Abyssinia Award for Social Engagement-Ethiopia in the fields of Architecture and Engineering.

Rahel is also featured in TEMSALET Book – Phenomenal Ethiopian Women as Role Models in2014. 


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