Emmett W. Lifsey

registered architect

Years of Experience


Professional Registration

  • Registered ArchitectVirginia

Professional & Community Involvement

  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 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. Lifsey worked on his first Historic Tax Credit project in 1986, and has been Partner-in-Charge / Design Architect on over 1.3m square feet of historic review projects in the last two decades. Lifsey is well-versed in VHDA procedures, requirements, and the submittal / review process.

  • 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"