Margaret Russell Announces New Editorial Staff at Architectural Digest


Following this summer’s news that Paige Rense Noland was retiring and Elle Decor‘s Margaret Russell was taking over as Editor-in-Chief, all the big changes at Architectural Digest are almost complete with today’s announcement of the magazine’s almost entirely all-new editorial staff. As you might recall from our post about Russell landing the top job, with that shift in leadership also came a move from Los Angeles to New York, where the magazine will now be located. Although a few staffers from before the swap are keeping their jobs and staying on back in LA, the majority come from other New York-based magazines, as well as a few who had worked for Russell at Elle Decor. Here’s the complete list:

  • Executive Editor: Sarah Medford, formerly Director of Arts, Culture & Design at Town & Country
  • Managing Editor: Lawrence Karol, formerly Executive Managing Editor at W Magazine
  • Special Projects Editor: Mitchell Owens, formerly Editor at Large at Elle Decor
  • Interiors Editor: Robert Rufino, formerly Vice President of Creative Services at Tiffany & Co., and most recently, a Senior Editor at Large at House Beautiful
  • Design Editor: Howard Christian, formerly manager of the Treillage design/home-furnishings/garden shops
  • Style Editor: Elana Frankel, formerly Decorating Editor at Martha Stewart Living
  • Senior Writer: Sam Cochran, formerly a freelance writer specializing in design, arts and culture, and travel
  • Copy Chief: Kate Hambrecht, formerly Copy Chief at Elle Decor
  • Assistant Editor, Digital: Katherine Jerde, formerly Editorial Assistant at Architectural Digest in Los Angeles
  • Margaret Dunne, the former Executive Editor of Architectural Digest in Los Angeles has been named Consulting Editor, as has former Special Projects Manager, James Munn, both will remain in Los Angeles. George Moscahlades, Architectural Digest‘s former Art Director, will stay on as Consulting Designer in New York.