Ethiopian Airlines Headquarters competition hit by controversy over links between architect and jury

A collaboration between BET Architects Plc and Soehene Partners Architects has been awarded first place in a competition to design the new headquarters for Ethiopian Airlines at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. The competition has had a turbulent journey, the first stage producing ‘dissatisfying’ results with no clear winner and reports claiming that BET Architects Plc were selected for the project through close ties between the architects and the jury members.

Members of the jury and architects on the winning project currently lecture at the same institution however Biruk Teffera, architect and secretary of the Association of Ethiopian Architects (who took part in the jury session), confirmed: “The selection was made based on the terms of reference and based on international architectural standards which were objective and transparent.

“The designs were submitted under codes and ET gave them new codes before the proposals reached the jury, making participants anonymous. The names of the participants were only known to a separate team at the airline. The airline was specific in its demands about the organisation structure, flexibility of use and expansion, as well as forward looking plans. BET Architects Plc happened to fulfil all these requirements.”

Tuesday 21 February 2012
Traffic in Britain’s cities slower than a horse and cart
Mon 17 Oct 2016
London’s global competiveness at stake warns NLA
Thu 13 Oct 2016
New software aids earthquake recovery
Thu 06 Oct 2016
Perkins+Will commits to Fitwel Certification for North American offices
Wed 05 Oct 2016
Benoy Appoints New Directors
Thu 29 Sep 2016
Biomimicry in Architecture 2nd edition
Fri 23 Sep 2016
2016 AIA|LA Presidential Honourees announced by American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter
Mon 19 Sep 2016
Over 150 architects respond to Homerton College’s celebrating Homerton dining hall competition
Tue 13 Sep 2016