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Dr. Alula Tesfay Asfha

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Under the Gerda Henkel Postdoctoral fellowship, Alula Tesfay Asfha joined the Frobenius Institute for Research in Cultural Anthropology at the Goethe University of Frankfurt to conduct research focused on vernacular building traditions of Ethiopia. He is a lecturer at Mekelle University, Ethiopia. Previously, Alula was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Tsukuba and Shibaura Institute of Technology in Japan where he researched on the documentation of cultural heritage under risk using publicly available open-source tools. Earlier, he was a Monbukagakusho Scholar at the School of World Heritage Studies, University of Tsukuba, where he conducted doctoral research on the urban Heritage of Mekelle City.

Main research topics

Thematic focus:
vernacular building traditions, cultural heritage, urban planning
Regional focus:


2022 Appraisal of Heritage in Mekelle City, Ethiopia. Journal of World Heritage Studies. ISSN 2189-4728, pp. 1–19. DOI: 10.15068/0002003378.

2022 (Shimizu, N, Asfha, AT.) Historical Orientation of Yohannes IV Palace in Mekelle, Tigray State, Ethiopia, from the aspects of planning and building techniques. Jpn Archit Rev. 2022; 5: 44– 63. DOI: 10.1002/2475-8876.12253

2019 (Asfha, A. T. & Shimizu, N.) Transformation of Urban Landscape of Mekelle City in Relation to Yohannes IV Palace and Abreha Castle. In Fortification and Defensive City: Conference Papers for ICOFORT International Conference in Hikone. Riichi M. & R. Okazaki (Eds. ) ARCHI-DEPOT Corp. ASIN: ‎B07RW4SPRJ

2019 (Shimizu, N., Telele, E., Asfha, A.T. & Miyake, R.) “Traditional” Technique and Local Knowledge on Hïd-mo House Construction in Tigray, Ethiopia: A Retrospective Study on Building Construction Process from the Perspective of Tools and Materials. Journal of Architecture and Planning (Transactions of AIJ), Vol. 84, No. 758, pp. 1017-1027.

2019 (Shimizu, N., Telele, E., Asfha, A.T. & Miyake, R.) Fundamentals of Hïdmo in Ïnderta: Traditional House Type in Tigray Region, Ethiopia. Journal of Nilo-Ethiopian Studies. No. 24, pp.17- 30.

2019 (Shimizu, N., Asfha, A. T., Okazaki, R., Telele, E. & Miyake, R.). How Has a Local Settlement Urbanized in Mekelle, Ethiopia? Case of Ïnda Mesqel’s Development as One of the Aspects of Urbanization Process. Annales D’Éthiopie. Special Issue Urban citizenship in the Horn of Africa. Volume 32. De Boccard Publisher. ISBN-10: 2701805716

2019 (Cvetković, I, Koukoura, S., Asfha, A. T. & Kaewdang, P.). Participatory Model in the Management of Petrovaradin Fortress. In DOSSIER: PETROVARADIN Managing Historic Urban Landscapes. Tomka G, Kisic V, Veldpaus L (Eds.) pp.128-134. ISBN: 978-86-85871-40-5