Russell Versaci

Russell Versaci Architecture

Post Office Box 186
Seven North Liberty Street
Middleburg, VA 20118


The leader of the “new old house” movement, traditional architect Russell Versaci is the author of the bestselling book Creating a New Old House (Taunton Press-American Institute of Architects 2003). Deemed a Master of the House by Southern Accents magazine, Russell has spent 30 years studying the qualities that make old houses so appealing and learning how to re-create these qualities in new homes for modern living. In Creating a New Old House, Russell translated his approach into practical principles for designing new traditional homes. These principles, called the Pillars of Traditional Design, define the critical considerations—of history, community, landscape, material, craftsmanship, and convenience—that need to be incorporated to get a new old house right. Based on the ideas introduced in Creating a New Old House, Restore Media launched New Old House magazine in fall 2004. Russell Versaci serves as Editor at Large and writes the lead editorial “Architect's Principles.”

A graduate of Yale, Russell studied architecture at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania. In 1985 he formed the award-winning residential practice Versaci Neumann & Partners, based in Washington D.C. and Middleburg, VA, and in 2006 founded Russell Versaci Architecture to pursue the broader mission of improving the quality and value of traditional homebuilding. Russell is a strong advocate for “design within reach”—the need for architects to serve a broader audience by creating new products and services to bring good design to mainstream America. He is currently at work on his second book, Roots of Home, to be published by Taunton and the National Trust for Historic Preservation in fall 2008.

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