50. University of Cincinnati
Year Built: 1893, Notable New Construction: 1994 - 2008 (Founded: 1819)
Key Architects: Various, including: Frank Gehry, Michael Graves, Peter Eisenman, Pei Cobb Freed and Partners, Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, Moore Ruble Yudell, Bernard Tschumi, and STUDIOS Architecture
The University of Cincinnati campus has disgusted design enthusiasts for years now with its envelope-pushing architecture. The Crosby Tower is a single pour of concrete, and the Vontz Center, designed by Frank Gehry, has no right angles. Both of these buildings should be studied as feats of engineering and architecture, but their historic value is no excuse for their aesthetic.