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Margaret Vickery

Lecturer | Architecture

Meg Vickery

South College W317

Meg Vickery is a lecturer in the Art History Department. She earned her BA from Oberlin College in 1985 and her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1993. At Stanford she became passionate about architectural history and worked with Dr. Paul Turner, author of the seminal book, Campus: a Planning Tradition. Her research focused on the architecture of women’s colleges in 19th century England, where she lived and wrote her dissertation. She has written extensively on the architecture of women’s colleges.  In 2008, she began work on the exhibition, “Greening the Valley: Sustainable Architecture in the Pioneer Valley” which opened at the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst in 2010.  This project combined her interest in collegiate architecture and issues surrounding sustainability and brought home to the public the many and varied efforts at sustainability in the region.

She is the author of the upcoming, (Translations) ARCHITECTURE/ART: WORKS OF SIGRID MILLER POLLIN (ORO Publications) expected out in late 2018. She also has a chapter, “Collaborations: The Architecture and Art of Sigrid Miller Pollin” in a large project on women architects: 360 Perspective: Women in Architecture and the Arts to be published by Routledge Press in the Fall of 2020. Meg is currently at work on The Art of Infrastructure for Bloomsbury Press which should be out in the Fall of 2019.

Research Areas

  • Campus Architecture
  • Women’s Education
  • Victorian Architecture
  • Contemporary and Sustainable Architecture


Buildings for Bluestockings: the Architecture and Social History of Women’s Colleges in Late Victorian England. University of Delaware Press, 2000.

Campus Guide: Smith College, Princeton Architectural Press, 2007.