Ivy-covered bricks buildings may be the first image that springs to mind when many people think of college, but some of the most striking university campuses break free from that stereotype, instead giving us buildings that celebrate modern architecture.

National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico, built on solidified lava bed and was completed in 1954.

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Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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Education City, on the outskits of Doha, Qatar

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College of Architecture, Art & Planning’s Milstein Hall at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, designed by OMA, opened in 2011

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Melbourne School of Design, by John Wardle Architects + NADAAA, Melbourne, Australia, 2014

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Issam Fares Institute, at the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, by Zaha Hadid Architects, 2014

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