QATAR FACULTY OF ISLAMIC STUDIES

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Institutional Architecture, Winner in Architectural Design / Cultural Architecture, Winner in Architectural Design / Educational Buildings
Firm LocationLondon, United Kingdom
CompanyMangera Yvars Architects
Lead ArchitectMangera Yvars Architects [MYAA]
Design TeamOve Arup
ClientQatar Foundation

The scheme located on the Education City
Campus, Doha is the world’s first
contemporary Islamic university integrating
academic space with spiritual/prayer space
which uniquely for the Muslim world,
provides equality for male/female students
through co-educational learning. The scheme
has become a focal for the campus and wider
neighbourhood providing opportunities for
social interaction.

Based on the Islamic ‘Kulliyya’ or ‘place
where all knowledge is sought’, the scheme
accommodates theological research with the
campus mosque. The Kulliyya implies
knowledge and faith are interwoven and this
relationship is expressed through the
infinite spiral plan and multiple routes
binding faculty to mosque. The scheme
rekindles a high point of Islamic
civilization where architecture has a
central role but using new pedagogies, we
seek to counter the pejorative image of
Islamic Education

For self-shading/sustainability, the large
mosque is at the south, with the library,
classrooms and offices in the middle,
culminating with two minarets symbolizing
¨knowledge and light¨.

The mosque is lifted by the ‘5pillars of
Islam’ inscribed with Qur´anic verse
creating a cool undecroft leading to the
student entrance. Teaching accommodation is
both formal and informal, including
corridors, lounges, and learning in the
Islamic garden. The informal approach
provides areas for inter-faculty
encounters.