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Margaret Vickery

Lecturer | Architecture

Meg Vickery

mvickery@arthist.umass.edu

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.

Most recently she is the author of Landscape and Infrastructure: Re-Imagining the Pastoral Paradigm for the 21st Century, and (Translations) ARCHITECTURE/ART: WORKS OF SIGRID MILLER POLLIN (ORO Publications) 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 2021. She is active on campus committees which seek to establish collaboration and communication between disciplines across campus around environmental issues, and is Secretary/Treasurer of the newly formed “Women in Architecture” Affiliate group of the Society of Architectural Historians. In addition to teaching survey courses, she recently created two new courses for the department, “Architecture Now: A History of Sustainable Architecture” and “Women in Architecture.” 

Research Areas

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

Publications

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.

Landscape and Infrastructure: Reimagining the Pastoral Paradigm for the 21st century. Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

(Translations) ARCHITECTURE/ART: WORKS OF SIGRID MILLER POLLIN. ORO Publications, 2020

“Productive Landscapes Past & Future: Renewable Energy Technologies in Design Pedagogy” w Landscape Research Record.Co-authored with Carolina Aragon. 2020

Solar farms, power stations and water treatment plants can be attractions instead of eyesores” in The Conversation May 2020.

Forthcoming:

 “Collaborations: The Architecture and Art of Sigrid Miller Pollin” Routledge Companion to Women in Architecture. Routledge, 2021