• Adina Hempel serves as Assistant Professor of Interior Design in the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises at the Zayed University in Dubai, UAE. Her work focuses on public space, urban cultures in the Middle East, impact assessment for social design, and sustainable urbanism. She has received a Dipl.-Ing. Architecture (Master of Architecture) from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, is an Architect and Urban Designer, and has worked in architectural offices in Germany, Switzerland and the UAE. She now runs a multidisciplinary design practice, and co-founded in 2011 the interdisciplinary community based design association tasmena, fostering sustainable urban development in the MENA region.