Domus 50 Best Architecture firms 2020

Acclaimed Ethiopian architecture firm RAAS has garnered international recognition by being featured in the renowned architecture magazine Domus. This prominent recognition underscores RAAS’s commitment to innovative and context-sensitive design that pushes the boundaries of Ethiopian architecture. 

The Domus feature highlights RAAS’s diverse portfolio, ranging from sleek embassies and schools to hospitals and captivating interiors. It delves into the firm’s unique approach, characterized by a deep respect for local knowledge and materials, combined with a bold embrace of contemporary design principles. This philosophy shines through in projects like the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa, which earned founder Rahel Shawl the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2007.

“Seeing our work featured in Domus is a tremendous honor,” shares Shawl, reflecting on the significance of this recognition. “This platform allows us to showcase Ethiopian architecture on a global stage and share our vision for design that is both rooted in our cultural context and responsive to the needs of the future.”

The Domus feature sparks a wider conversation about the burgeoning architectural scene in Ethiopia and the crucial role played by firms like RAAS. Their dedication to sustainable practices, community engagement, and the empowerment of local communities through design sets a powerful example for architects across the continent.

This recognition in Domus serves as a springboard for RAAS to continue its impactful journey. With their unwavering commitment to innovation and cultural sensitivity, they are poised to shape the future of Ethiopian architecture and inspire generations of architects to come.

Red Door apartment (Previously named SKA-1) apartment building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2019. An alteration of interlocking boxes defined the floors and spaces inside.