Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar
Education City, Doha, Qatar 42,946 sq. m

ABOUT THE CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY OF QATAR, COLLEGE OF BUSINESS (CMUQ): When Carnegie Mellon University first discussed its building design with architect Ricardo Legorreta, its members envisioned the university at the heart of Education City; Legorreta later conceived what was, literally, a heart. The building, which features aortic-like elements, gives life to the idea that people are the ‘lifeblood’ of the structure by allowing them free passage throughout the building. A green spine of trees with several water features line the walkway that runs east to west and into the glass-ceiling walkway, breathing life into the building with its geometric mosaic walls in warm wood and stained glass. The assembly area has tiered Majlis seating, a water feature and a pedestal with quotes by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir of the State of Qatar and Andrew Carnegie. The spacious building is three stories high and is enclosed by a warm, inviting ambience all year round.


  • The three-story atrium includes: two robotics labs, two faculty labs, five classrooms, four seminar rooms, three computer labs, five lecture halls and five interdisciplinary lab suites. 
  • The assembly area can host over 400 people.
  • The building is home to a library, bookstore, faculty and student lounges, meeting rooms, food court, fitness rooms and locker areas.
  • The project was developed as a rectangular building along the north side and as a semi-circle on the south side creating, at the center, an atrium connected to the “Green Spine”.
  • Both sides of the building are interconnected by bridges that go over the “Green Spine”, while the lower floor is open for pedestrians.
  • The rectangular as well as the circular part of the building were designed as a series of volumes that house classrooms, laboratories and lecture halls, each separated by courtyards.
  • This succession of open and closed spaces create an environment where teachers and students can interact.