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Marcia Feuerstein, Ph.D., AIA

Associate Professor

B.S., Tufts University
M.Arch., State University of New York at Buffalo
M.S. in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania


Marcia F. Feuerstein is an Associate Professor at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center of Virginia Tech. Dr. Feuerstein received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), a Bachelors of Science from Tufts University (Medford, MA) and the Masters in Architecture from University at Buffalo. A member of the American Institute of Architects and registered to practice architecture in New York State, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, Feuerstein maintains a small architectural practice. She taught at University of Pennsylvania, University at Buffalo and Temple University and nominated for Who’s Who Among American Teachers in both 2004 and 2005. She has served as a design critic at various schools of architecture in the United States and Europe.

Feuerstein’s research focuses on the corporeal nature of architecture as imaginative representations of our bodily presence throughout architectural design. This work is grounded within German Modernism and especially between the Wars. This work has been presented at numerous scholarly conferences, including some held in: Edinburgh (Scotland), Berlin (Germany), Nottingham (England), Karachi (Pakistan), Toulouse (France) as well as invitations to the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQUAM, Canada), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mary Washington College (Virginia), University of Virginia, Temple University, University at Buffalo, Texas A&M, and the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. She has also presented her work at the Society of Architectural Historians, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the Environmental Design Research Association, the International Union of Female Architects (UIFA), Women’s Caucus for Art, and Barnard Feminist Art and Art History Conference. Some of this work has appeared in publications including Body and Building (MIT Press), Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Architecture (Fitzroy Dearborn), InterSight IV (Buffalo) and, as editor, Changing Places: ReMaking Institutional Buildings (White Pine Press.) Her drawings and images have been published in Journal of Utopian Studies, Architectural Record, Architectural Design, and Architecture D’Aujourd’hui.

Feuerstein was Chair of the International Archive of Women in Architecture and Director of the IAWA Center between 1999 - 2005, where she remains as an Advisor on the Executive Board. She was past Director of the AIA Blue Ridge chapter, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Laban-Bartieneff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS).