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Students and faculty at Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) began their winter semester this month at a brand-new building.

The 515,000 square foot, four-story facility was designed by famous American architect Antoine Predock and takes inspiration from Qatar’s “desert landscape.”

It boasts three video production studios, a multimedia newsroom, a two-story research library, a black box theater, multiple editing rooms and even an in-house museum.

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Northwestern University in Qatar library

However, most of these features are not yet ready for use.

And a grand opening to mark the new building is expected sometime in the coming year.

Looking ahead

NU-Q is a journalism and communication school, and one of six American universities operating in Education City.

Last year, the school renewed its lease with Qatar Foundation for another decade, meaning it will continue to remain in Qatar until at least 2028.

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NUQ’s former home at CMU-Q

The new building broke ground in 2011 and was originally supposed to open in 2013.

In a statement last month, NU-Q’s dean and CEO Everette Dennis said:

“It has been five years since we broke ground for the new building and it has taken significant team work to get this building completed. When finished, it will be the premier journalism and communication school in the region.”

Prior to moving in, the eight-year-old school was located at the top floor of Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, and had a temporary studio building.

It also briefly operated inside of Texas A&M University at Qatar.

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Qatar Foundation campus

As Education city expands, Qatar Foundation (QF) has been working to conserve some of the historical structures in and around campus.

According to QNA, QF has commissioned international consulting firm ARS Progetti to help oversee the restoration of several early 20th century “urban” structures.

The firm’s website states that the contract is worth €1.5 million and goes back to 2013.

In a statement, Jassim Telefat, QF’s executive director of Capital Projects, said:

“These structures together represent a rich live dictionary showcasing our heritage from the way of living to construction materials and technologies used in that period.

They symbolize the past urban environment and represent the continuity of history. In documenting and preserving these structures in line with international standards, we want to ensure their legacy is preserved for generations to come.”

The move has drawn the praise of Unesco, with one official saying the buildings are important “because they are among the few existing from the early development of the city of Doha.”

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Rendering of new building.

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Rendering of new building.

After eight years, Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) is finally preparing to move into its own space.

The journalism and communications school will officially relocate to its own four-story building this January, officials have announced.

NU-Q opened in 2008 and briefly operated in Texas A&M University.

It has since been located on the top floor of Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. Students and faculty also work out of a temporary studio structure.

New Northwestern University in Qatar building

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New Northwestern University in Qatar building

The new building is 515,000 square feet (47,845 square meters). It broke ground in 2011 and was originally supposed to open in 2013.

In a statement yesterday, NU-Q’s dean and CEO Everette Dennis said:

“It has been five years since we broke ground for the new building and it has taken significant team work to get this building completed. When finished, it will be the premier journalism and communication school in the region.”

NU-Q is one of six American universities operating in Education City.

In February, the school renewed its lease with Qatar Foundation for another 10 years, meaning it will continue to remain here until at least 2028.

Features

The environmentally-friendly building was designed by famous American architect Antoine Predock and takes inspiration from Qatar’s “desert landscape.”

It hosts three video production studios, two 150-person lecture halls, a multimedia newsroom and a two-story research library, NU-Q said.

Northwestern University in Qatar

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Northwestern University in Qatar

It also has an in-house museum called The Media Majlis.

Students will be able to produce their own videos using film screening rooms and a sound effects studio, as well as high-tech filming equipment and editing programs.

NU-Q will begin moving next month and should be ready to operate out of the new building before the next semester begins on Jan. 8.

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