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Arriving Editor Makes Jump From Doyenne to Dormers

Jesse Brink, newly named editor-in-chief of LA Architect magazine, is about to experience a whole new kind of pressure.

Brink is making the jump to a narrowly read, 5,500-circulation publication from Martha Stewart Living (circulation 1.8 million), where he was a senior staff writer.

While the 31-year-old Pennsylvania native will be out from under the stress associated with the New York publishing world, and the glare associated with a high-profile boss on the verge of being sentenced, he will now be responsible for writing nearly all the content for LA Architect.

It’s not a prospect he relishes.

“It’s not that I don’t like writing, but it takes up so much time,” Brink said. “It’s the best way to establish the tone, the voice of the magazine. I haven’t developed a stable of writers yet.”

LA Architect, a glossy bi-monthly published by Balcony Media Inc., features how-to articles for professionals seeking to build their practices, as well as reviews of architecture books and projects. It claims a readership of about 22,000 design professionals.

After receiving a bachelor’s in history from Haverford College, outside Philadelphia, in 1994, and a master’s in medieval art and architecture from the University of Toronto in 1995, Brink diverted his career toward the modern and worked in media relations for Ferguson & Shamamian Architects LLP.

“With a master’s, you can’t get the real jobs in museums. You need a doctorate,” Brink said. “And I ran out of money to go to school.”

Writing was the part of his job Brink liked best, so in 1998 he took a position as staff writer at Martha Stewart Living and spent the next five years there.

“The nice thing about the place was, because (Stewart) had this wide-ranging curiosity, I got to write about everything from wedding etiquette to the history of the wastepaper basket to a natural history of the moon,” Brink said.

Brink, who is single, lives in Culver City and enjoys restoring cars.

Matt Myerhoff


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