Tibeb.Space is a meaning-driven design practice that crafts joyful living environments and engaging community spaces. Established in Seattle by architect Alemseged Bishu, we deliver residential, commercial, and civic projects with a boots-on-the-ground approach and sensitivity to the broader issues of place and identity.

Our design ethos stems from the Amharic word tibeb, meaning wisdom of the applicable craft. We approach architecture as first and foremost a craft where knowledge is embodied through its practical application. With an expertise in housing design and adaptability to the locale, we offer creative responses for improved urban livability, remixing of the old with new, and forming deeper connections to the natural landscape of the Pacific Northwest.

Tibeb.Space is a full-service architecture firm that is MBE-certified in Washington State and licensed to practice in both New York State and Washington State.


Alemseged Bishu is Founding Principal at the Seattle-based architecture practice Tibeb.Space established in 2019. He holds a masters degree from the University of Washington and has previously worked in offices in both Seattle and New York.

Bishu has specialized experience in low to mid-rise residential and commercial architecture and an acute understanding of local conditions and regulatory requirements in the Greater Seattle Area. He has also led community engagement initiatives as part of his design approach.

Bishu is a guest reviewer at the University of Washington.

Current and Past Collaborators:

Thiru Manickam
Nathan Leverson
Kirsten Rossi
Ephraim Million
Emily Crichlow
Chris Vander Haak
Arthur Derksen

We would love to hear from you. Please feel free to contact us for additional information about our practice and/or if you have a project you would like to discuss with us.


*Photo by Prince Davis Photography