Russell Versaci

Speech Topics:
Creating a New Old House
Seven Deadly Sins of Homebuilding
Pennywise New Old House
Roots of Home: Tracing the History of American Home Styles

The leader of the “new old house” movement, traditional architect Russell Versaci is the author of the bestselling book Creating a New Old House. Deemed a Master of the House by Southern Accents magazine, Russell 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. His designs combine a mastery of history with an understanding of what people want in a home for today.

Creating a New Old House became an instant classic when it was published in 2003 and is now used as a tool in hundreds of traditional architecture practices. In the book, Russell translates his approach into practical principles for designing new traditional homes. These principles, which are 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. In 2006 he 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.

Russell Versaci 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.

Travels from Washington D.C.

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