Margaret Carneal

Margaret Carneal

Margaret Carneal



245 Wallace Hall
295 West Campus Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061





  • Residential Design
  • Diffustion & Innovation
  • Water Conservation
  • Sustainable Homebuilding Practices
  • Residential Lighting Design

Professional Activities

  • Coordinator, Center for Real Life Kitchen Design,
  • National Kitchen & Bath Association
  • Interior Design Educators Council


  • Ph. D. Virginia Tech - in progress
  • M.S. Virginia Tech
  • B.S. Virginia Tech

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Certified Kitchen Designer, National Kitchen and Bath Association

    Certified Bath Designer, National Kitchen and Bath Association

    National Council for Interior Design Qualification Certificate Holder, Interior Design

    Selected Publications


    Saxton, M. W., Carneal, M. G., and Pearce A. R. (2015).  “WaterSense Home Label Progress:  Lessons from Energy Star & LEED”.  Engineering Sustainability, Pittsburg, PA. 

    Sponsored Research

    Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, 2002 (in India)

    American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Research Fellowship, 2001-2002 (in India)

    Additional Information

    Margaret has over twenty years of experience in academic and industry roles in residential design & construction. Coursework taught at the university level includes housing and interior design classes, consisting of studio, lecture, and online formats. Sizable building, remodeling, and contracting experience demonstrate strengths in residential design, construction, and project management. Her portfolio consists of both student work and high-end residential designs illustrating successful kitchen, bath, and whole house solutions.