Australian practise Noel Robinson Architects (nra) has been chosen to design an environmentally sustainable new university campus in Oman.

The Queensland based practise was appointed by SoHaR University to design 12 buildings within the two hectare campus, worth an estimated A$120 upon completion.

The masterplan design contemporises Islamic design traditions with international principals of campus planning in an area described by nra as a ‘sleeping giant’ for sustainable development opportunities.

“This is the first campus design of its kind in Oman and an archetype for the region,” said Philip. “A detailed programme of design research undertaken in our Australian and Middle Eastern offices has been applied to all elements of the design and planning for the Sohar campus,” says design manager Philip Collins.

Phase one of the Sohar University building designs is expected to be completed early this year, with construction to be completed by 2011.

By staff writer.