Margaret Morgenstern

Architect in Training


Margaret was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania where they developed an interest in architecture from a young age. They pursued a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. There, they served as an AIAS Vice President, a Women’s Leadership Network Co-President, and a member of the AIAS National Learning and Teaching Culture Advisory Group. Margaret was also able to study abroad in Florence, Italy.

Margaret then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where they completed their Master of Architecture degree at the University of Minnesota. Margaret’s thesis, Queer Space, focused on queer spatial theory and how both the action of spatial creation and the created space itself demands a performance. The goal of the project was to understand the current breadth of theory on the subject, marry ideas presented in spatial and queer theory, and use the new union to generate further conversation and research on the effects architecture and architectural practice has on its users’ ability to live free of performance. 

Through their travels and research, Margaret has realized that culture is the ultimate client of architecture. 

Margaret joined MRV in 2023 after stopping in to say ‘hello’ one afternoon while vacationing in Juneau and striking up a conversation with Paul and Zane. The practice and Margaret’s goals for their next stage of life lined up and they were able to make the move in September.

When not in the office, Margaret can be found planning their next trip, learning a new art form, or photographing the beauty of Juneau on one of their film cameras.


  • Master of Architecture, University of Minnesota, 2023
  • Bachelor of Science, Architecture, Roger Williams University, 2021

Personal Awards

  • Visual Arts Building Award, 2021
  • Richard Morrill Award Finalist
  • Masters Final Project Award Finalist


  • Southeast Section Chair – AIA Alaska (2024)