CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati has been utilizing “starchitects” to design their new buildings in an effort to draw a larger pool of applicants, The New York Times Magazine reported this week.
Some of the big names include Frank Gehry, Michael Graves, Peter Eisenman, Bernard Tschumi and Thom Mayne, who, over decades, have contributed to what the Times Magazine called “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”
The “starchitects” and their work have come at a price, and the university spent millions on renovations and repairs over the years, the Times Magazine reported. They’re now $1.1 billion in debt, mostly due to the “construction boom,” according to the report.
The effort has seemingly paid off. UC has risen to No. 140 on the U.S. News and World Report ranking of national universities and their acceptance rate has dropped from 82 percent in 2002 to 73 percent in 2013, according to the Times Magazine.