Hamad bin Khalifa University, Male & Female Residence Halls

  • FIRM

    Treanor Architects, PA


    Qatar Foundation for Education, Science & Community Development

  • AREA

    850,000 sq.ft.



Hamad bin Khalifa University strives to restructure Middle Eastern society by building a more sustainable way of life through education, research and community development. The living learning complexes were designed to support this vision by providing an environment where 1,200 students from more than 60 different countries can thrive personally, socially, spiritually ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMBurns & McDonnell (Prime Contract, Engineering)CAPACITY1,200CITATIONResidence Hall CitationFEATURED IN2014 Architectural Portfolio academically.


Drawing inspiration from traditional Islamic town organization, the villages are sited to create an arabesque pattern symbolic of order, unity and connection. Student apartments and residence hall neighborhoods surround traditional courtyards with water features. An organic exterior spine connects each of these buildings to the heart of the village, the residential community center.


The buildings are the largest concentration of LEED Platinum residence halls in the world, maximizing energy efficiency and water use through numerable sustainable features like wind turbines, photovoltaic cells, and grey water filtration. A high-performance envelope, reverse-wall insulation, and stainless steel screens work to minimize heat gain. Grey water and storm water is collected and filtered to be reused for lavatories, landscape and water features.