Yup a lot of the star modernists took their biggest design turds in Amherst: Sasaki on campus planning, with Gordon Bunshaft, Edward Durell Stone, TAC, Hugh Stubbins, Roche, Breuer, etc, building away. I can applaud the UMass of the 60's-70's for trying to make their architectural stand against ivy-leafed New England academia, but poor execution, political infighting, and subsequent deffered maintainance have left the campus a mess. I suppose that is true of most other MA state buildings built at that time, and much of their failures has less to do with design than with the bureaucracy that runs them.The UMass system in general covers pretty much all the big names in brutalism. They make for great conversation pieces, especially because I'm a fan of brutalism and most people aren't. At Amherst, you have Kevin Roche's Fine Arts Center (your first photo) and Breuer's campus center and hotel.
Hey thanks for that tip, Bob. Much appreciated and I certainly will advise him to do that! As an out of stater, UMass is going to cost him/me $50k/year.I frequent the capital projects page once every few months just to see whats going on, and as an Alum I try and get back to Amherst at least once a year. It's crazy how much both the campus and town center have changed even in the short time I've been out of school.
Additionally, if your son is looking for work while he's in school, check out UMass Transit services. Great place to work while in school.
That seals it - - thanks Bob and Shawn, I'm texting my son right now to check out possibilities in the school transit department. Much appreciated!shmessy, driving a Umass bus is one of the best jobs you can get on campus. My dad did it in the early 70s and I did it too. Good pay, good hours, and you get your Class B Mass CDL. A big recommendation from this alum as well.