Press Release Headlines Names 50 Most Impressive Environmentally Friendly University Buildings

PHILADELPHIA, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A new web article by Best Masters Degrees puts 50 of the world's most sustainable university buildings in the spotlight. "The 50 Most Impressive Environmentally Friendly University Buildings" in the article were hand-picked for their eco-friendly features including engineering, architecture, design and qualities of sustainability. Environmentally sound university buildings typically consume far less energy and afford better sanitary conditions than older buildings.

These facilities have earned considerable industry honors for excellence in architectural and green design. Awarding agencies include the AIA (American Institute of Architects), BPN Sustainability, and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC LEED).

All of the buildings exhibit characteristics of aesthetic appeal as well as sustainability. They range from a university science lab in Pittsburgh made of 94% recycled materials to a park-like, six-story, underground university building in Seoul, South Korea.

"These universities are showing themselves to be leaders when it comes to beauty and sustainability on campus," said editor Marianna Chara. "The value to students can be tremendous."

Following is the list of "The 50 Most Impressive Environmentally Friendly University Buildings" and the architects who created them, as featured on the website Best Masters The complete write-up can be found at

50. University of Pittsburgh – Chevron Annex, Pittsburgh, PA: R3A Wilson Architects

49. Mills College Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business, Oakland, CA: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

48. University of British Columbia – Sauder School of Business, British Columbia, Canada: Acton Ostry Architects

47. New York University – Department of Philosophy, New York, NY: Steven Holl Architects

46. Columbia University – Northwest Corner Building, New York, NY: Jose Rafael Moneo

45. Arizona State University – ISTB-4, Tempe, AZ: HDR Architecture Inc., Ehrlich Architects

44. The New School – University Center, New York, NY: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

43. Boston University – Student Services Center, Boston, MA: Bruner/Cott

42. Brandeis University – Mandel Center for the Humanities, Waltham, MA: KMW Architecture

41. SUNY Oswego – Rice Creek Field Station, Oswego, NY: Cannon Design

40. Columbia University – Gary C. Comer Geochemistry Building, New York, NY: Payette

39. Barnard College – Diana Center, New York, NY: Weiss/Manfredi

38. Westchester Community College – Gateway Center, New Rochelle, NY: Ennead Architects

37. California State University Chico – Wildcat Recreation Center, Chico, CA: Sasaki

36. University of California, Davis – Student Health and Wellness Center, Davis, CA: WRNS Studio

35. University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School – San Francisco, San Francisco, CA: Gensler

34. University of Queensland – Global Change Institute, St. Lucia, Australia: HASSELL

33. Western Michigan University – Sangren Hall, Kalamazoo, MI: SHW Group

32. University of Pittsburgh – Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, Pittsburgh, PA: EDGE Studio, Nbbj

31. Arizona State University – College of Nursing, Phoenix, AZ: SmithGroup

30. Rice University – McMurtry & Duncan Colleges, Houston, TX: Hopkins Architects with Hanbury Evand Wright Viattas + Company

29. Central Oregon Community College – Science Center, Bend, OR: Yost Grube Hall

28. Leicester College – Abbey Park Campus, Leicester, UK: Bond Bryan Architects

27. Rice University – BioScience Research Collaborative, Houston, TX: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and FKP Architects

26. Clarkson University – Student Center, Potsdam, NY: Perkins + Will

25. University of Washington – Transportation Center, Seattle, WA: Rolluda Architects

24. Karolinska Institutet – Future Learning Environment, Solna, Sweden: Tengbom (Interiors)

23. New Mexico Highlands University – Student Center, Las Vegas, NM: Diamond Schmitt Architects

22. University of Amsterdam / VU University Amsterdam – Liberal Arts and Sciences College, Amsterdam, Netherlands: Mecanoo

21. Cornell University – Human Ecology Building, Ithaca, NY: Gruzen Samton | IBI Group

20. Salzburg University of Applied Sciences – Kuchl Campus, Kuchl, Austria: Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten

19. University of Scranton – Loyola Science Center, Scranton, PA: EYP Architecture & Engineering

18. Carnegie Mellon University – Gates and Hillman Centers, Pittsburgh, PA: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

17. University of California, Irvine – Medical Education Building, Irvine, CA: Mithun

16. Yale University – Kroon Hall, New Haven, CT: Hopkins Architects with Centerbrook Architects and Planners

15. Morgan State University – CBEIS, Baltimore, MD: The Freelon Group Architects

14. Roosevelt University – Academic Center, Chicago, IL: VOA Associates

13. Bastyr University – Student Village, Kenmore, WA: CollinsWoerman

12. University of Arizona – Campus Recreation, Tucson, AZ: Sasaki

11. Clemson University – Lee Hall, Clemson, SC: Thomas Phifer and Partners

10. Oberlin College – Bertram and Judith Kohl Building, Oberlin, OH: Westlake Reed Leskosky

9. University of North Florida – Biological Sciences Building, Jacksonville, FL: Perkins + Will / Harvard Jolly Architecture

8. Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, London, UK: Foreign Office Architects

7. University of Nottingham – Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies, Ningbo, China: MCA Architects

6. Arizona State University – Biodesign Building B, Phoenix, AZ: Gould Evans Associates and Lord, Aeck & Sargent

5. American University of Beirut – Charles Hostler Student Center, Beirut, Lebanon: VJAA; Samir Khairallah & Partners (associate)

4. La Trobe University – Institute for Molecular Science, Bundoora, Australia: Lyons Architects

3. Nanyang Technical University – School of Art, Design and Media, Singapore: CPG Consultants

2. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia: HOK

1. EWHA Woman's University, Seoul, South Korea: Dominique Perrault Architecture

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Marianna Chara, Editor