The architect was selected to design and engineer a 32,000-square-foot education facility for Michigan State University (MSU) in Dubai, making it the first American university in the Dubai International Academic City. This new facility includes MSU’s construction management, family and community services, communication arts (TISM), and computer FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas programs.
The concept is predicated on the diverse cultures coming together and interacting in an MSU environment. With this interaction, a social energy is created that ripples throughout the surrounding learning environments, further reinforcing the discovery of the students who will be attending the four university programs. The “origin” is rooted in the center of the building, weaving the social, academic and cultural aspects of the students. Through the use of materials and a dynamic vocabulary, the concept is apparent to all who visit and function in the facility. Student attraction and student retention were large drivers in the development of the concept.