Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University; the World's Hugest University for Women

Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University (PNU) is the largest university for women in the world. The university is located in Saudi Arabia, it provides education for more than sixty thousand female students over there.

Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University (PNU) is designed by Perkins + Will, the global award-winning architecture and design firm, in cooperation with Dar Al-Handasah (Shair and Partners) (Dar).


The biggest university for women in the world is designed to cover 32 million square feet (three million square meters), PNU is an international pioneer in the twenty first century education. It is totally different than most campuses that usually require years to be designed and constructed, it didn’t take much time and all the facilities inside the campus were constructed immediately.


Perkins + Will and Dar created a female atmosphere for the most of the faculties in the campus, except for Medical Center and other restricted spaces of the research center are merged. The Design of the university is totally inspired from the Arabian architectural designs, culture and traditions like the Mashrabiy’yah.


The cooperation in building the university was of a great success, this collaboration was administrated by Design Principal Pat Bosch, including nearly 150 Perkins + Will professionals. Perkins + Will designed PNU's K-12 schools, Health Sciences and Research Campus, Academic Campus, Academic Medical Campus, and Sports and Recreational facilities. Dar Al Handasa dedicated 150 people to the project from its side and it was responsible for designing the major design, administrative center and residential buildings, a campus-wide monorail, and the overall infrastructure.


“This project was of great significance personally and professionally,” said Bosch. “This is the kind of transformative design project our firm aspires to deliver: to make a difference and help partner with a country’s leadership’s vision.”

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