New York University

    Landscape design for New York University Abu Dhabi tall palm trees in front of building.

    High quality walkable campus at the primary university in Abu Dhabi. Working with Rafael Vinoly Architects, the landscape vision was to use shade and water to create a ‘curated landscape’ that could be used throughout the year, providing collaborative outdoor learning, permanent and temporary exhibition and meeting spaces for students. An activation programme ensures that the functionality and value of the space is maximised. 

    Upper floors of residences are linked by linear ‘highline’ landscapes and footbridges from which the lower central spine, sculptures, exhibition spaces and grand Palm Court can be viewed. 

    International Medical Centre

    This tertiary care hospital adopts the ‘healing by design’ concept whereby natural light and gardens are incorporated into the design promoting a sense of well-being and calm for patients and visitors alike.

    Micromobility is enhanced via the interconnected plan with walkable routes between therapeutic gardens and meditation areas, outdoor learning and reading facilities and enclosed meeting spaces. A series of treed boulevards reaches out into the wider hospital masterplan. 


    Balance in the landscape brings a feeling of stability. Considered form and texture contribute to a mood-lifting softness whilst carefully sited focal planting aids wayfinding. Through immersion in nature, patient stress is reduced, creating a healing and soothing environment. 

    DIAC Campus Park

    Within a striking circular layout Dubai International Academic City Park interfaces with the University of Birmingham Campus in Dubai.

    Surrounded by student housing, retail outlets and sports facilities, the Park is part of a landmark academic community for the city. Taking design influence from the geometry of nature, the Park provides events spaces and provision for pop-up facilities and food trucks, photographic moments for graduations, cafes and play spaces, sports courts with changing rooms. The campus is connected with shaded walkways and cycle routes.

    © Sarah Lou