Texas A&M Engineering College

The Qatar Foundation Education City is an exciting and ambitious project spearheaded 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 Texas A&M Engineering College, consists of two main buildings, an Academic Quadrangle and a Research Octagon.

The Academic Quadrangle houses four engineering faculties (Chemistry, Mechanical, Electrical and Petroleum) and is designed around four courtyards. The common areas like the library and student facilities are located in a 82 feet high central tower. The central tower is connected by office arms with the Quadrangle. The main entrance is announced by another 82 feet high monumental tower located on the east side of the Academic Quadrangle. Lecture Halls and Classrooms are designed as figurative elements connecting at the north and the south with the Academic Quadrangle.The Research building consists of four laboratory wings that are designed around a large open atrium. Offices are located around the perimeter of this atrium to allow easy interaction.Both buildings are connected by a link atrium featuring a series of bridges and vertical circulation. A lower floor houses all technical rooms.

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