This came up on another message board, and there might be some interesting responses if the question was posed here- in your opinion, what are the ugliest college or university campuses you've seen?
My two nominations:
Valparaiso University - Valparaiso, Indiana - It's not really ugly per se, but the campus plan is based on a suburban office park model rather than a traditional collegiate model, and it does look the part. No quads, no commons, no courtyards, no gathering areas, no clearly defined center - just red brick buildings of various sizes and forms scattered around a ring road.
Given the choice, I'll take ugly 1960s institutional and early 1970s brutalist-style concrete buildings on a traditional quad-and-common campus than attractive buildings arranged with no regard to creating an actual place.
University at Buffalo North Campus - Amherst, New York - Mark Goldman, the author of two books documenting the forces behind the economic decline of Buffalo, actually verfied that the UL was true for the UB North Campus. Academic buildings are laid out in a "spine" with no central gathering area. In the administration building, the only way to get to the President's office is to take an elevator; no stairs inside the building lead directly to the floor. If there's a riot, the elevator can be shut down, preventing sit-ins. There is an emergency stairwell from the President's floor, but it leads directly to the outdoors; that, too, is reinforced.
Most of the buildings on the campus are in a brutalist or 1970s institutional style. The Ellicott Complex, a massive dorm modeled after Moshe Safdie's Habitat in Montreal, was intended to house many distinct residential colleges, in a failed scheme to emulate Oxford and Cambridge - they made the layout of this massive building deliberately confusing to create a sense of coziness.
UB was planned to have an eventual student capacity of 50,000. However, the baby boom came to a bust, and today the school only has about 20,000 students.