Emmett W. Lifsey

registered architect

Years of Experience


Professional Registration

  • Registered ArchitectVirginia

Professional & Community Involvement

  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Historic Preservation CommissionCity of Lynchburg, 2019-Present
  • American Institute of ArchitectsNational & VA Societies VSAIA Board Member (former)
  • AIA Blue Ridge ChapterPresident & Board Member (former)


  • Bachelor of Architecture - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)1980
  • Earthcraft Multifamily Certification
  • Universal Design Certification

Emmett joined Architectural Partners in 2020 bringing his deep background in historic and multifamily projects to the firm. He is well-versed in VHDA procedures, requirements, and the submittal / review process. Emmett’s skillset is strong in the early stages of a project, focusing on finding the successful site and program solution, a well-coordinated plan layout to meet the user needs, and consensus among the range of project entities. The project’s design aesthetic is always high on Emmett’s list, and his strong background in the overall facility’s and site’s positive interaction with the community is key. Additionally, Emmett has a strong background in public projects, working with counties and municipalities across the Commonwealth. His projects have ranged from courthouse complexes to public safety facilities to governmental campus master plans.

  • What is an interesting fact about you? I'm a fourth generation "Emmett" Lifsey, although not an Emmett Lifsey IV
  • What Non-Profit do you support? I have worked with HumanKind (formerly Presbyterian Homes and Family Services) for many years
  • If you could create an undiscovered Crayola crayon color, what would it be? Fresh Out of the Ground Spring Green
  • What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Gardening, Reading
  • What is your favorite season? Spring
  • What is your favorite food? Italian
  • Choose a movie title for the story of your life. It's a Wonderful Life
  • If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Florence, Italy
  • If you could pick up a new skill in an instant what would it be? Playing the piano
  • What is your favorite quote? "Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly with God"