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UC Earns Four Top Spots on “Amazing Architecture” List, More than any Other School


Four UC buildings just made a list titled “The 50 Most Amazing Examples of College Architecture.” In fact, UC had more buildings on that list than any other university in the United States.

Date: 4/25/2012 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Andrew Higley, Lisa Ventre

UC ingot   The University of Cincinnati is once again earning architectural accolades.

UC is the only school in the nation with four architecturally elite buildings – more than any other university – on a list titled “The 50 Most Amazing Examples of College Architecture” just released by Top Colleges Online, a web site that aims to provide reliable, useful college rankings for prospective students.

This is not the first national or even international recognition earned for and by UC’s amazing architecture. Previous rankings have included
  • Delta’s Sky Magazine named UC among the world’s top ten inspiring campuses.
    UC's Campus Recreation Center designed by Thom Mayne
    UC's Campus Recreation Center, designed by Thom Mayne, ranked No. 11 on the Top Colleges Online list.


In the latest rankings from Top Colleges Online, four UC buildings made the Top 50 list. These were
  • UC’s Campus Recreation Center designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Thom Mayne in collaboration with local firm, KZF Design, Inc. The Campus Recreation Center placed No. 11 on the list.
  • UC’s Engineering Research Center designed by internationally known UC alum Michael Graves in collaboration with local firm KZF Design, Inc. The Engineering Research Center placed No. 30 on the list.
  • UC’s Joseph A Steger Student Life Center designed by Buzz Yudell, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners of Santa Monica in partnership with Glaserworks. The Steger Student Life Center placed No. 35 on the list.
  • UC’s Albert H. Vontz Center for Molecular Studies designed by Frank Gehry in collaboration with local firm, Baxter Hodell Donnelly Preston, Inc. The Vontz Center placed No. 38 on the list.
After UC, the campus with the highest number of buildings on the Top Colleges Online’s list was the University of Chicago with three buildings.

A handful of campuses had two buildings on the list, including Harvard University, Yale University and the University of Notre Dame.
UC's Albert H. Vontz Center for Molecular Studies designed by Frank Gehry.
UC's Albert H. Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, designed by Frank Gehry, placed No. 38 on the Top Colleges Online list.