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2010 June 3

Architectural Digest Editor Retires

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(NEW YORK) Paige Rense Noland, editor of Architectural Digest for nearly 40 years, is retiring from the magazine this August, Condé Nast announced today. She will remain on the magazine’s masthead as Editor Emeritus, and her next project has an appropriately editorial bent: “I have enjoyed the privilege of editing this great magazine for several decades,” she said in a release, “and now am excited to move on to my next chapter---writing a book that chronicles the remarkable life and career of my late husband, artist Kenneth Noland.” A successor for Rense Noland has not yet been named.

Rense Nolan joined Architectural Digest in 1970 when the magazine was under the control of Knapp Communications (which was purchased by Condé Nast in 1993). She was named editor in chief of the magazine in 1975, and was a founding editor of the magazine known today as Bon Appétit. While under her leadership, the circulation for Architectural Digest grew from 50,000 to today’s readership of 850,000, with a total audience of nearly 5 million. Some of Architectural Digest’s most beloved home stories were produced under Rense Nolan, including the looks into the abodes of the likes of Truman Capote (Bridgehampton), Cher (Southern California), Robert Redford (New York), and Ronald and Nancy Reagan (their 18-page spread featured, yes, the White House). Rense Nolan has been awarded The Museum of Arts & Design Achievement Award in 2006, American Academy of Achievement in 2000, the Pratt Institute Founders Award in 1997, and the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1985, and has edited 12 Architectural Digest-related books. She is 71 years old.

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