Metaya was born and raised in Addis Ababa Ethiopia and moved to the US in 2010 to peruse her career in architecture. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Architectural History at Virginia Commonwealth University, where her love for traditional architecture was reinforced. She then continued with a Master of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. Metaya has always loved classical architecture and traditional urbanism which informs her passion for traveling to historic cities and ancient sites. Metaya was the recipient of the David M. Schwarz travel fellowship, which enabled her to return to her home country of Ethiopia and study the ancient and iconic architecture of the Lalibela Churches and the Fasil Ghebbi Fortress and bath. Her thesis project, entitled ‘The Gondar School of Architecture and Urbanism’ was informed by this research. Metaya enjoys plein air sketching as well as fashion design, with her debut clothing collection showcased at Richmond Fashion Week. Metaya lives in Maryland with her husband and son.