Adina Hempel


Adina Hempel is an architectural consultant, urban researcher and Assistant Professor at the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises at the Zayed University in Dubai, UAE. Her research investigates the relationship of interior spaces and city planning and cross-cultural influences on urban development and identity building in emerging urban centers. She is leading a newly established research cluster entitled ‘Pattern in the MENA region’ at Zayed University, exploring the notion of visual and organizational elements of material culture, community building and cultural representation in and from the MENA region.

She has conducted extensive research on the modern architectural history of the UAE, was appointed Head of Research as part of the curatorial team of the National Pavilion of the UAE at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in La Biennale di Venezia and is currently the Head of Research for the Shindagha Historic District Wave 1 pavilions at GSM Project, Dubai.

Adina Hempel co-founded the interdisciplinary not for profit design organization tasmena, fostering sustainable urban development in the UAE and studying the socio-cultural and historical impact of trade, industry and infrastructure on neighborhood development. Her work contributed to various exhibitions such as the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2009 and Venice Architecture Biennale 2016. She has lectured at institutions such as the Architectural Association London, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kassel University and Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar.

Adina Hempel received a Dipl.-Ing. of Architecture (Master in Architecture) from the Technical University of Dresden in Germany, studied at Columbia University New York and New York Film Academy.


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