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Margaret Birney Vickery

Lecturer in Art History, UMass Amherst

Margaret Birney Vickery is a lecturer in the History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She earned her BA from Oberlin College in 1985 and her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1993. Her writings on the architecture of women’s colleges include Buildings for Bluestockings: the Architecture and Social History of Women’s Colleges in Late Victorian England (University of Delaware Press, 2000) and Campus Guide: Smith College, (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007). 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 Landscape and Infrastructure: Re-Imagining the Pastoral Paradigm for the 21st Century (Bloomsbury Press 2019) and (Translations) ARCHITECTURE/ART: WORKS OF SIGRID MILLER POLLIN (ORO Publications, late 2020). Her recent work also includes: “Collaborations: The Architecture and Art of Sigrid Miller Pollin” which is part of a large project on women architects: Routledge Companion to Women in Architecture (Routledge, 2021).
At the University of Massachusetts, she teaches courses in architectural history and art history, such as the Global Survey of the Built Environment, Twentieth-Century Architecture, and American Art and Architecture, 1860-1940, as well as the Junior Year Writing course for students in the Architecture department. She also teaches courses on the History of Sustainable Architecture and Women in Architecture.


  • 2010–2020
    Lecturer, University of Massachusetts Amherst