University of Central Asia Naryn Campus

Institutional / Jan - Feb 2017

University of Central Asia Naryn Campus

January 7, 2017

The University of Central Asia (UCA) is one of the world’s few regional, fully residential, internationally chartered universities devoting considerable resources to mountain-based research. It is a secular, private and not-for-profit university founded by the governments of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The university’s mission is to promote the social and economic development of Central Asia. It focuses particularly on mountain societies by offering an internationally recognised standard of higher education, and helping the different peoples of the region to preserve and draw upon their rich cultural traditions as assets for the future.

The campus in Naryn is the first phase of a larger vision for the 252-hectare site. Phase one includes a 13,927-square-metre space for 150 students featuring state-of-the-art classrooms, a library, laboratories as well as faculty and staff residences. Secure, modular student dormitories create comfortable living and learning spaces.

UCA’s athletic facilities, including football pitches and tennis courts, are open to the public, encouraging student-community interaction. The sports dome will host indoor athletics year-round. When the final phase is complete, it will accommodate 1,200 students and span 125,000 square metres.


Project Name University of Central Asia Naryn Campus
Location Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic
Completion Date August 2016
Site Area 9 hectares for Phase 1
Gross Floor Area 13,927 square metres; 800 square metres (sports bubble)
Number of Rooms 711
Building Height Academic block: around 17 metres; 2 Dorm blocks: 10 metres; Gatehouse: 3 metres; Plant building: 4 metres; Sports bubble: 9 metres
Client/Owner University of Central Asia
Architecture Firms Isozaki, Aoki & Associates (IAA); Gensler
Principal Architect Arata Isosaki
Main Contractor University of Central Asia’s internal management team
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer AECOM
Civil & Structural Engineer AECOM
Images/Photos University of Central Asia

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