Lest We Forget: Structures
of Memory in the UAE



Dr. Michele Bambling


Adina Hempel
Adina Hempel is an architect, who currently lives in Dubai and serves as Assistant Professor at the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises at the Zayed University in Dubai, UAE. Hempel co-founded the interdisciplinary not for profit design organization tasmena, fostering sustainable urban development in the MENA region. Her work focuses on urban cultures and public space, impact assessment for social design, and role of architecture and urban development in the Middle East. Hempel has received a Master in Architecture from the Technical University of Dresden/Germany, studied at Columbia University New York, New York Film Academy and at the American University of Sharjah

Marco Sosa
Marco Sosa is an architect and is currently Assistant Professor of Interior Design at the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi. Sosa holds a BA (Hons) in architecture, a postgraduate diploma in Architecture, and a MA (with merits) on Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources. For his master’s thesis, Sosa traveled to India and carried out research on the needs of a nomadic community, resulting in the creation of architectural interventions. Sosa is a qualified architect and a filmmaker, and has designed and curated several art exhibitions. He has participated in group exhibitions as an exhibiting artist in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE and Venice, Italy. Sosa recently published a photographic book about Al Bidiya Mosque, the oldest functional mosque in the UAE.

Hanan Sayed Worrell
Hanan Sayed Worrell holds an MSc in Civil Engineering and Construction Management and BSc in Civil Engineering from Stanford University. She has over 25 years’ experience advising, developing and planning diverse international projects across multiple industries including, aviation, energy, real estate, environment, education, arts and culture. Worrell is the Senior Client Representative for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in Abu Dhabi, responsible for providing strategic advice, stakeholder and relationship management and advocacy, and overseeing the overall planning and implementation of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museum project in the UAE. As a native Arabic speaker and long term resident of the Gulf, she has personally experienced the rapid pace of economic, social and urban development since the seventies and contributed professionally to several of the most impactful projects in the region since the eighties.