The redesign of the gulf University in Bahrain has a strong research based foundation. The project started in the summer of 2016 with a week long workshop with all the users of the university building, including the most important users: the students. The aim of the workshop was to define the most important theme’s that the redesign of the campus has to address. The efforts and results of the workshop created the core of a research on the topic of a 21st century campus environment. What skills should a student posses when they walk out to face the world? And what effect does this have on the educational environment? The research results have been published in a scientific paper for the INTED2017 educational conference in Valencia.