When founded in 1954 the initial educational scheme aimed to offer a three-year diploma program in building engineering. This was shortly upgraded to a four-year program leading to a BSc. Degree in Building Engineering. In 1969, the Building College merged with the college of engineering and formed the Faculty of Technology under Addis Ababa University, and remained as such until 2009. on March 6, 2010, the institute was reformed into its current state as the Ethiopian institute of architecture building construction and city development.
With a nationwide effort to establish an internationally recognized curriculum in Architecture, engineering and urban planning disciplines and to start a unified bachelor and Master system in Ethiopia, in 2005, the institute went through several underlying changes. With a partnership with the ETH in Zürich, Switzerland new academic structures and capacity building programs started. After the development of a strategy to establish 'Institutes of Technologies' in Ethiopia, a new scientific director was installed directly from ETHZ.
As of September 14, 2014, the institute reports to a supervisory board chaired by Mekuria Haile, Minister of Urban Development and Construction management (MoUDC). The board in turn reports to the Addis Ababa University board.
EiABC is located on the Jimma Road next to the Federal High Court in Lideta Sub City. It comprises classrooms, laboratories, workshops, sport facilities, design studios, cafeterias, libraries, research ground and also offices for staff and students.
Three different bachelor programs are offered as the institute. Namely, Architecture, Construction Technology Management and Urban and Regional Planning
The master's program is designed to enable and prepare students both for the international and national labor market. The masters Programs at EiABC include:Advanced Architectural Design
Preservation and Conservation of historical Buildings and sites
Urban Design and Development
Housing and sustainable development
The master's program have a duration of 1.5/2 years. The requirements for admission into the master's program include Qualified Bachelor with GPA above 3.0 and an Entrance Exam.
The institute's first doctoral program is on "Environmental planning". It addresses a diversity of environmental issues included but not limited to quality, habitat conservation, water quality and natural resources. The second doctoral program, launched in 2014, is "Urban and Regional Planning". It deals with issues of planning, management, development, policies and strategies related to the urban and regional levels.