Margarita McGrath, AIA, LEED BD+C
Associate Professor

B.A. Art and Art History, Rice University

B.Arch., Rice University

M.Arch. II, UCLA

B.A. Art and Art History, Rice University

B.Arch., Rice University

M.Arch. II, UCLA

Margarita McGrath is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Virginia Tech and co-founder of noroof, an award-winning Brooklyn-based architecture firm.

After practicing and teaching abroad in Vienna and Seoul early in her career, Margarita returned to the States where she currently teaches design and professional practice at the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech.  noroof architects has received national and international recognition for focusing their energies on the challenges of designing the super small—versus the super tall. Their first project received an AIA National Housing Award (2008 “a refined and rigorous little house”), AIA National Small Practice Practitioner’s Award (2008) and subsequent work has received AIA New York Chapter design awards (2007, 2009), AIA Brooklyn + Queens (2016),  Residential Architecture (2011), Building Brooklyn (2007, 2018), and features in dwell magazine, wallpaper* magazine, New York Times, HGTV and numerous design anthologies.

Sponsored collaborative research includes the smART field, a proposal in collaboration with the Center on Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems for Virginia Tech’s Drillfield, and an NSF grant award studying applying the studio learning environment to human computer interaction curriculum. Her own creative work inhabits a series of “ghost projects” probing the intangible intersections between architecture, material culture and memory. “Ghost Fishing” appears in “feminist practices”, an anthology by Lori Brown (Ashgate, 2011). The connection between seemingly disparate work is an interest in interactions between creative practice and changes in technology and society.

Margarita has given lectures, workshops and served as a visiting critic at institutions in the States and internationally.

mmcgrath@vt.edu