Marco Sosa

Marco Sosa is an Architect and has been teaching Interior Design at the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises (CACE), Abu Dhabi campus, since 2009.

He holds a BA(Hons) in architecture, a postgraduate diploma in Architecture, and a MA (with merits) on Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources,  he also is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). During his time at CACE, he has been actively involved in the development of the Interior Design program. In 2009, Marco liaised with Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority to facilitate the annual participation of CACE students for the volunteering program at Abu Dhabi Art, Manarat Al Saadiyat. In 2011, Marco instigated the Al Fanoon art and design student Association at CACE, Abu Dhabi. In addition, Sosa recognises the importance of student participation with the local building industry, he has facilitated the coordination and integration to the studio of various successful student competitions including Capitala (2011), Mubadala Tennis trophy (2011-12), Porcelanosa (2015) and TCA mosque competition (2015)

Marco recognizes the importance of merging art and design disciplines as vital ingredients forming the perfect formula for an excellent research based BFA in Visual Arts, Animation, Graphic and Interior Design. In 2012, Marco published the first book, under the ZU Books label, about the oldest functional mosque in the UAE, titled; "Al Bidiya Mosque, A visual Essay”.

He has also designed, participated and curated exhibitions, nationally and internationally. Marco was co-investigator for the successful ZU RIF grant for student and alumni based research, titled “Lest We Forget; Emirati Family Photographs, 20th Century”  which culminated with an exhibition (curated by Dr. Michele Bambling,) and publication in 2013. The Research has now developed into a national initiative, which employs CACE alumni and provides a platform for internships for current students within CACE and other Colleges at ZU.

In 2014, Marco was appointed Head of Design for the First National Pavilion for the UAE at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the exhibition was titled “Lest We Forget; Structures of Memory in the UAE” and it included research gathered from a collaboration of many governmental, private and educational institutions within the UAE, including research material generated from CACE students and alumni.

Marco is currently researching the application of maker culture to the concept of Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources for providing efficiently designed and constructed structures in emergency areas and responding to social needs.

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