Author Bobby McAlpine, with Susan Sully
Photography by Simon Upton (Rizzoli)

We’re not afraid to admit that Bobby McAlpine is one of MIILIEU’s favorite architects, having featured his projects in numerous issues of the magazine over the years. Why do we love his work? Because every house he designs is unexpected; he is never derivative of anyone else, nor does he ever repeat himself. In this new book, he opens the door to his own house, as well as others he designed in the Bahamas, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, and elsewhere. McAlpine often refers to himself not only as an architect, but also as an actual poet, which is true, given the verse he pens—but this aspect of him is also evident in the residences he designs, every one of which is imbued with a soul.