First Look At World’s Largest University For Women, Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University In Saudi Arabia, Designed By Perkins+Will

Building & Construction

– 2,000-acre Campus Provides 21st Century Learning for 60,000 students

MIAMI, Oct. 22, 2013 / PRNewswire — Designed by global award-winning architecture and design firm Perkins+Will, in collaboration with Dar Al-Handasah (Shair and Partners) (Dar), the campus at Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University (PNU), offers state-of-the-art educational facilities in all major academic disciplines to as many as 60,000 female undergraduate students. The largest university designed for women in the world and comprised of 32 million square feet (three million square meters), PNU is a global leader in 21st century learning. Unlike most campuses that often take decades to take shape – all the facilities at PNU were built concurrently.

For the first time ever, photographs are being shared with the public. Perkins+Will and Dar created a women- only environment for the majority of the campus (only the Medical Center and limited areas of the research center are co-ed). Regional architecture and cultural tradition inspired the use of latticework partitions or mashrabiy’yah to strategically screen students for privacy in exterior spaces and allow more visibility within the campus.

The highly collaborative project, led by Design Director Pat Bosch, involved approximately 150 Perkins+Will professionals from five offices, integrating multiple practice disciplines from architecture and interiors to branded environments and wayfinding. Perkins+Will designed PNU’s Health Sciences and Research Campus, Academic Medical Campus, Academic Campus, K-12 schools, and Sports and Recreational facilities. The master plan, administrative core and residential buildings, a campus-wide monorail, and the overall infrastructure were designed by Dar Al-Handasah, the architect and engineer of record, which also dedicated 150 people to the project. Located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the majority of the PNU campus buildings are registered with the USGBC’s LEED® rating system, with certification goals of LEED Gold and LEED Certified. At the time the projects were registered, they doubled the number of LEED projects in Saudi Arabia.

“This project was of great significance personally and professionally,” said Bosch. “This is the kind of transformative design project our firm aspires to deliver: to make a difference and help partner with a country’s leadership’s vision.”

About Perkins+Will
Perkins+Will was founded in 1935 on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance society. Now a leading global interdisciplinary architecture and design firm with 24 offices worldwide, this belief remains at the core of the practice, supported by a deep commitment to research. With hundreds of award-winning projects annually, Perkins+Will is recognized as one of the industry’s preeminent sustainable design firms due to its innovative research, pioneering tools, and abundant expertise. The firm’s 1,500 devoted professionals are thought leaders developing 21st century solutions to inspire the creation of spaces in which clients and their communities work, heal, live, and learn. Social responsibility is a fundamental aspect of Perkins+Will’s culture and every year the company donates 1% of its design services to pro bono initiatives. For more information, visit

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