A number of projects were undertaken between 2002 and 2006 by YRM (part of the RMJM Group) including the Library, the Texas A&M School of Engineering and the Carnegie Mellon University at Qatar, the latter two in collaboration with the Mexican concept architects Legoretta&Legoretta.
The brief indicated a facility of approximately 30,000 m² with an initial historic collection of 100,000 volumes within a total of half a million physical volumes. The feasibility of the evolving brief requirements was then tested on the site allocated in the masterplan prepared by Arata Isosaki.
Texas A&M School of Engineering:
Totalling 53,000 m² this signature building provides purpose-crafted accommodation for the faculties of petroleum, mechanical, chemical and electrical engineering, together with a full research facility.
Accommodating about 600 students, it has direct broadband linkage to Texas A&M University in the US, for access to all lectures and activities at the ‘Home Campus’ via distance learning.
Carnegie Mellon University at Qatar:
Completed in 2008 the three-storey 43,000 m² building comprises lecture halls, seminar rooms, classrooms and laboratories for use by one of the world’s leading schools of business and computer science, integrating the teaching infrastructure and environment with the most advanced systems for teaching, information technology and audio-visual systems.