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‘The Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies by Mangera Yvars is a process of continuous learning and enlightenment’Subscription

By Velina Mirincheva

Moira Gemmill shortlist: a university in Doha fluidly wraps around the campus mosque minarets  – a beacon of knowledge and prayer

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Vir.mueller’s IET in IndiaSubscription

By Kamu Iyer

A timeless quad and colonnade are the highlights of Ahmedabad University’s new building

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Biodiversity Centre by Thomas Garcia Piriz, Loja, Southern SpainSubscription

Piriz commands Spanish soils with an irregular, dramatic insertion-seaming the landscape via an intrepid geometry

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Kumon School by Takashi Yonezawa, Kyoto, JapanSubscription

Yonezawa’s school design crafts an energetic narrative for learning in Kyoto, offering a new tone for educational design protocol in Japan

Inscribed as a perfect circle in the landscape, the building has the powerful quality of land art

Sports Research Centre by José María Sánchez García, Guijo de Granadilla, Cáceres, SpainSubscription

By Catherine Slessor

José María Sánchez García creates a giant ring hoisted on slim piloti houses research and training facilities for sports professionals. Photography by José María Sánchez García and Roland Halbe

The school is divided into 10 individual classrooms, orientated to maximise solar gain. The complex is rooted in its site and has an intimate, campus-like spirit

Ecological Demonstration Primary School by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Maosi, Gansu Province, ChinaSubscription

By Catherine Slessor

The Chinese University of Hong Kong create a template for how to built cheap environmentally efficient schools in remote areas of China. Photography by Mu Jun

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School Floating in the Sky in Sangkhlaburi, Thailand by Kochi University of TechnologySubscription

AR_EA Highly Commended: Catering for orphans and children of refugees, earthbound domes support a lightweight steel structure

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Nursery School in Japan by Takahashi IppeiSubscription

The result of a collaboration between Takahashi Ippei and the local community, this school doubles as a new garden and social space for the town

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Reid Bulding, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow by Steven HollSubscription

By Richard Weston

Despite trenchant criticism, Steven Holl’s Reid Building emerges as an open armature for creative encounter at the Glasgow School of Art

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Business School, State University of New York by Perkins + WillSubscription

By Jeremy Melvin

Adding to a 1960’s campus in upstate New York, this new building acts as an incubator for ideas about how business education is evolving

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London Schools Part Two: Central St Martin's by Stanton WilliamsSubscription

By Will Hunter

At the centre of the vast King’s Cross regeneration project, the new home for Central St Martins is a bold gambit in an emerging urban landscape

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School in Tama, Tokto by Kengo KumaSubscription

By Yuki Sumner

In applying historic Japanese building techniques to contemporary projects, Kengo Kuma orchestrates a synthesis of modernity and tradition, but does this approach go beyond an aesthetic level?

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Redevelopment of the Architectural Association by Wright & Wright in LondonSubscription

By Jeremy Melvin

Expanding for growth while still preserving Georgian and institutional heritage is the delicate balancing act achieved by the AA’s new masterplan

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‘Romania’s historic architecture school is in a state of flux’Subscription

By Matthew Barac

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Romania