School of Foreign Service
The Qatar Foundation Education City is an exciting and ambitious project spearheading by Sheika Mozah, the second wife of the Emir. It will be the keystone for future educational projects in the Middle East and other parts of the world. The Education City will be composed of various unique buildings designed by architects selected from around the world. At the moment most of them have yet to be built.

The Master plan, designed by Arata Isosaki, is a harmonious blend of architecture and exterior spaces. The main feature are the Green Spines crossing from north to south as well as from east to west.

Legorreta + Legorreta was selected to design the Texas A&M Engineering College (592,000 sqft), the Carnegie Mellon Business (430,550 sqft) and Computer Science College, the George Town School of Foreign Service (40,000 sqft) as well as the Student Centre (346,404.17 sqft). The design of the courtyards and public spaces enhances the interaction between students and faculty staff. Circulations stimulate movement around the building and informal meeting spaces are created.Traditional concepts of Islamic architecture such as arcades, courtyards and fountains are integrated in the project. The Georgetown University's' Campus in Qatar of the Edmund A. WalshSchool of Foreign Service, is integrated within the northern side of the Education City Campus. The adjacent building to the West will be the Central Library, to the Southwest the Student Center, south lies the Heritage Ruin and a Park with a strong visual and conceptual connection achieved by landscape design and orientation of the building.

The major design intent is to brake down the monumentally of the overall building to a more human scale to make the student feel comfortable and transmit an atmosphere like feeling at home. The building is a composition of various smaller departments in order to give it a village-like character. All parts of the building are connected to the Common Space, the core of School of Foreign Service. One of the main accesses which leads directly to the Common Space.  The entrance is connected by pleasant pedestrian walk-with sculptures - to the Green Spine on the South, operated by the People Mover.

Landscaped courtyards and atria spaces interspersed throughout the complex of the building are intended to bring a tranquil feeling to the day to day activities and promote a sense of intimacy within the spaces that are orientated towards look onto these richly landscaped oases.

Special attention is given to the outdoor environment. Water features refreshes and ventilate the spaces around them. A cactus garden will be located along the north façade and will mark the transition between the desert and formally designed areas. Courtyards compliments adjacent building functions and will be used for informal recreation and pleasant transition zones.


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