NYU Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island campus is a pedestrian campus that combines traditional and modern architectural elements to reflect the University’s three identities: Abu Dhabi, New York, and the world. Designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects PC, the campus covers nearly 40 acres and promotes interaction between living and learning, research and teaching, and the disciplines, as well as faculty, students, and staff.
The arrangement of offices, the visibility across large areas and between indoors and outdoors, the connections between buildings so that none stand alone, the outdoor gathering spaces, and the on-campus living are among the ways the campus’ design encourages this interaction.
Crucially, the NYU Abu Dhabi campus aims to cultivate a deep engagement with the Abu Dhabi community and, more broadly, the region through academic collaboration, performances at the NYUAD Arts Center, museum-quality exhibitions at the NYUAD Art Gallery, and outreach programs for families and children in the sports facilities. Public facilities include the University Bookstore and Bookstore Café, the NYUAD Institute Conference Center, the University Welcome Center, and retail outlets.