Education City, Residence Halls, Apartments and Residential Community Center

Doha, Qatar,

  • FIRM

    Treanor Architects, PA


    Qatar Foundation for Education, Science & Community Development

  • AREA

    850,000 sq.ft.



Education City is a 2,500-acre campus, situated on the outskirts of Doha, that hosts branch campuses of some of the world’s leading universities (Virginia Commonwealth, Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown, Cornell, Texas A&M and Northwestern).

The architect won a competition to design these two new gender-specific student complexes that comprise residence halls, apartments ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMBurns & McDonnell EngineeringCITATIONBronze CitationFEATURED IN2009 Educational Interiors residential community centers. The design’s main objective was to create an experience, inseparably linked to a living environment, where students can thrive personally, socially, spiritually and academically, creating a community that expresses the idea of unity and connection. These goals are conveyed architecturally through the elements of geometry, rhythm and light.

Rooted in ACUHO-I 21st Century Project design principles, the new complexes consider Education City’s unique culture and make use of cutting-edge innovations in security, technology and sustainability. The project is designed to achieve platinum LEED certification, maximizing efficiency of energy and water use through numerable sustainable features such as wind turbines, photovoltaic cells and a biomass wall with grey-water filtration.

“Great organization of site; very interesting solution.”--2009 jury