Paige Rense, editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest, recently announced her plans to retire in August from a 40-year career at the publication (minonline.com). Rense joined Architectural Digest in October 1970 and became editor-in-chief in 1975. She transformed the magazine during her tenure, increasing the magazine’s frequency from quarterly to monthly and infusing the brand with a hint of glamour.
Rense's leadership contributed to Condé Nast's $150 million buy-out in 1993 of Architectural Digest and Bon Appétit from Knapp Communications. (Rense was founding editor of Bon Appétit.) Her successful career included coverage of many high-profile projects featured in Architectural Digest, including an 18-page cover story of the Reagan White House.