Metadel Sileshi Belihu

Coordinator of ECL-AA, DAAD Fellow

Metadel is the scientific coordinator of ECL-AA (Emerging City Lab – Addis Ababa), a collaborative research and teaching center between Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and EiABC (Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building construction and City development, AAU). She is also a PhD candidate at the chair of InfAR of Bauhaus-Universität Weimar since 10/2019.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning and a Masters in Housing and Sustainable Development from EiABC. Before moving to Germany, she was working as a research associate at ECL-AA, EiABC; involving herself in different research projects and teaching the masters Design studio in Architectural Engineering with a lecturer capacity. Prior to that she was a part-time assistant lecturer at the Chair of Housing at EiABC for the course in Housing and Inner-City Redevelopment. She also has ample practical experience in the field of Architecture mainly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Her research interest lies in the socio-spatial dimension of urban spaces, largely related to common spaces and housing.


Phone: +49 3643 / 58 4207
e-Mail: m.belihu[at]



10.2017 – 04.2019 Masters studio class in Architectural Engineering at EiABC,

03.2014 – 03.2017 Undergraduate course in Housing and Sustainable Development at EiABC Chair of Housing


Research Projects:

01.2017 – 04.2019: IN3 (Integrated Infrastructure), as research coordinator and researcher

02.2018 – 03.2019: LUP (Living the Urban Periphery), as researcher

05.2016: The State of Addis Ababa 2017:, data collection and analysis 

02.2014 – 11.2014 Urban Housing and Poverty: Coping mechanism of youth and women in poor neighborhood of kebele housing, as research assistant