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 Maria Rusafova


Maria Rusafova grew up in Bulgaria. After graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor of Architecture from the UT-Knoxville College of Architecture, she interned for Progressive Architecture+Design and ADS Architects. From 2000 to 2013, she worked at PBC+L Architecture/Clark Nexsen. She lives and works in Asheville NC, is married to and partners with architect Jakub Markulis, and speaks Bulgarian, Russian, French, and English. In 2013 they went with their kids on a 18-month, round-the-world trip.

2003 - The Maria Rusafova and Jakub Markulis House, 2 Perdue Place, Asheville NC.  Designed with Jakub Markulis. Photos by Jennifer Coates.

2003 - The Vincent and Kira Luca Residence, 57 Mount Emerald Drive, Fairview NC. Designed with Jakub Markulis.  Sold in 2017. Sold in 2017 to Tara D. and William B. Peaco.

2010 - aka the Brown House, 268 Ananda Girisuta Drive, Marshall NC.   Property contains a 2004 studio building, second photo, plus an additional 2010 building, third photo, aka the Red house. Both designed by Rusafova.  For sale in 2017.  Property may have been renumbered.


2013 - The Rebecca Hedly House, aka the Blue House, 65 Highland Street, Asheville NC. Built by owner Rebecca Hedly. Photos by Jennifer Coates. Won 3rd place in the juried 2014 Matsumoto Awards.

2013 - The Mariana Niemtzoff and Rodolfo Curiel House, aka the Stegall Lane House, 7 Stegall Lane, Asheville NC. Designed with Jakub Markulis. Photos by Jennifer Coates.

2012 - aka Cabarete Retreat, Cabarete, Dominican Republic.  Built by local labor.

2014 - aka the Black and White House, an accessory unit in the backyard of a house in Asheville NC.

2016 - aka the WOW House, Whispering Oaks Way, Candler NC.

2017 - 51 Shelburne Woods Drive, Asheville NC.  The first of nine sustainable Modernist houses built by Sun Mountain Building. 

2017 - The Ramon Berrayarza and Maria Hernandez
House, 110 6th Street, Black Mountain NC.

2017 - The Horowitz 2000 Trust House, 112 6th Street, Black Mountain NC.

2018 - The Stephen and Deborah Scholl House, aka the S Residence, 219 West Sondley Drive, Asheville NC.

2018 - aka The Sapphire Cabin, location unknown in NC. Built by Mountain House Construction. Photo by Ryan Theede.

2019 - aka Casa Negra, accessory unit in the backyard of a house in West Asheville NC.

Sources include: Maria Rusafova, Rusafova Markulis Architects.