Rahel Shawl was born and educated at the Addis Ababa University School of Architecture. She co-founded Abba Architects in 1992 and founded Raas Architects in 2004. Her list of projects on local as well as international collaborative work is extensive; designed and executed with traditional and contemporary architectural approaches. 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; received the AEA best Architecture Piece Award in 2017 for her collaborative works on the South African Embassy in Addis Ababa; Abyssina Award for Social Engagement in the fields of Architecture and Engineering in 2017; was awarded the Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2017 and recently nominated for the first RA Dorfman Award at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, which 'champions global talent that represents the future of architecture.' Her passion to inspire and share knowledge in higher education; in the schools of architecture and around young professionals, led to her being cited as a role model in 'Temsalet', a book compiled of 64 outstanding Ethiopian Women as Role Models for Young Girls in Ethiopia. Rahel was appointed as Honorary Good Will Ambassador for 'Zer Ethiopia' in 2014, an NGO promoting young Ethiopian 'Girls in Education'.