Rusty Long is an architect located in Portsmouth, Virginia with a focus on modern, sustainable design. Licensed to practice in North Carolina and Virginia, Long specializes in high-end custom homes, adaptive reuse projects, and context appropriate renovations; he balances his modern sensibilities with a profound respect for the historic vernacular structures of the rural American South.
Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, Rusty split his childhood between his parents’ suburban house outside of Raleigh, the Appalachian mountains, and the Carolina coast.
After graduating Cum Laude from NC State’s College of Design with a Bachelors of Architecture, Rusty worked briefly for Buildsense Inc. with Randy Lanou in Durham, and has spent the last five years working for Davenport Architecture and Design Inc. With one foot in the Triangle and the other on Roanoke Island, he’s participated on projects on a variety of scales including small residential additions, large custom residences, multi-million dollar shopping center renovations, and new buildings and renovations for federal and state agencies.
As an architect, Rusty has provided architectural and planning support, as well as energy management services for the United States Navy, working with Naval Facilities Engineering Command in the Hampton Roads Region, including the development of millions of dollars of future Restoration, Modernization, and Energy Projects.
Rusty is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the SEED Network, the Hampton Roads Green Building Council, and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He served on the 2010 Triangle Modernist Houses Advisory Council and is a hairman of the City of Portsmouth’s Historic Preservation Commission.