Remembering Bob Vickery

Posted by Sam Fox School August 16, 2019


Robert (Bob) Lee Vickery Jr., an alumnus and former faculty member at Washington University, died August 10, in Charlottesville, Virginia, surrounded by family and friends. He was 86.

An influential educator and architect, Vickery earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington University in 1960 and returned to the University in 1965, teaching for seven years in addition to serving as the director of campus planning (1965-68) and assistant dean in the School of architecture (1968-70). Among his contributions to the University, he led the architecture program through its transition to the 4+2 curriculum model and was the architect for the design of the Mallinckrodt Student Union & Performing Arts Center, working with the St. Louis firm Smith-Entzeroth.

Vickery also was a recipient of the prestigious James Harrison Steedman Fellowship in Architecture (1963) and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Architecture (1996).

Vickery went on to teach at the University of Virginia's School of Architecture for three decades, and founded VMDO Architects alongside three students—Robert Moje, Lawson Drinkard, and David Oakland—in 1976.

A celebration of Vickery's life will take place from 9:30-11:30a September 22 at the University of Virginia's Fralin Museum of Art.

A more extensive tribute to Vickery's life and contributions to architecture can be found here>>