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American University in Cairo bags special award from ULI
The American University in Cairo, Egypt, has received a special award from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) for the construction and design of its new campus.
The American University in Cairo (AUC) is an English-language liberal arts university. The new campus has been designed by incorporating cutting-edge facilities and state-of-the-art resources required for a global university.
The campus is designed to accommodate 5,500 full-time students, and 1,500 faculty and staff. AUC’s 260-acre campus is technologically advanced and environmentally sensitive, offering state-of-the-art resources to students and faculty from around the world.
The new campus weaves Egyptian urban and architectural traditions into a modern facility, and is designed to be accessible to persons with disabilities. The master plan and site infrastructure design has been done by Massachusetts-based Boston Design Collaborative. They were expanded into architectural design principles and community context by Sasaki and Associates of Massachusetts, and Abdel-Halim Community Design Collaborative of Cairo.
Selected from among 39 entries representing 17 countries, the new campus received the award based on five main characteristics: environmental responsive design through the use of passive architectural measures for an energy-efficient campus; architectural design that reflects the university mission in a modern expression of traditional architecture; community development through producing means for community interaction and cultural development; state of the art information technology enhancing learning activities within indoor and outdoor spaces; and a campus that itself is a learning tool and stimulus for liberal arts learning.
Founded in 1936, ULI is a nonprofit research and education organization with more than 40,000 members worldwide representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines. The organization is headquartered in Washington DC.