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Margaret Vickery

Lecturer | Architecture

South College W317

Meg Vickery is a lecturer in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture. She earned her BA from Oberlin College in 1985 and her PhD 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 teaches courses in architectural history and art history as well as the Junior Year Writing course for students in the Architecture department.

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.