13. University of Massachusetts Amherst
Location: Amherst, Mass.
Year Built: 1970 (Founded: 1863)
Key Architects: Various, including Marcel Breuer, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Kevin Roche, Edward Durell Stone, and Gordon Bunshaft.
Architectural criticism is nothing new to the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 1974, the Boston Globe's architecture critic, Robert Campbell, called the campus "a jumble of unrelated personal monuments that look more like a world's fair grounds than a campus." We guess that's one way to say "disjointed," but the school is still made up of a variety of concert buildings, dark subterranean spaces, and clinical architecture, so Campbell may not have been far off.