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Jacqueline Margetts

Senior Lecturer


Jacqueline Margetts is a senior lecturer based in the Master of Landscape Architecture program. Her specialties include design studio, contemporary landscape architectural design theory, urban landscapes, and environmental design.

Margetts is an experienced landscape architect and urban planner with a proven record in outreach scholarship. She has worked with a diverse range of communities in the United States, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, including Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, and Solomon Islands, where alternatives to normative development practice are essential. She is committed to engaging her students in service learning, especially in underserved communities, and always completes these projects by returning useful, well-produced documents to the community, for whom they become an invaluable resource. She has led successful sponsored studios in both the United States and in her hometown of Auckland, New Zealand.

Margetts has published a wide range of papers in academic and trade journals and given numerous presentations at conferences in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States on garden design, Pacific landscapes, and the work of modernist landscape architect Ted Smyth, who is also the subject of her latest book, The Modern Landscape of Ted Smyth: Landscape Modernism in the Asia Pacific (published by Routledge). She has made design for resilience and recovery a cornerstone of her career. At the basis of her approach to urban resilience is a thorough understanding of the role of ecology and natural process, and she uses careful analysis of local physical and social ecologies in innovative and creative ways to inform her work. A recent publication on this topic is a chapter in Resilience in Ecology and Urban Design (published by Springer), which discusses the design of resilience in Pacific Island landscapes subject to hurricane damage.

Prior to moving to the United States, Margetts was head of the Department of Landscape Architecture and associate head of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, the largest school of landscape architecture in New Zealand. She has a Higher Education Teaching qualification and has been recognized for her expertise in teaching and learning. She also has extensive experience with curriculum development at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Prior to joining the Sam Fox School, she was an adjunct professor in landscape architecture at Auburn University, teaching design studio, history, landscape theory, and environmental design.