A licensed architect and coauthor of the book Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves, Kathryn McCamant founded McCamant & Durrett Architects and the CoHousing Company with her husband, Charles Durrett in 1987.
Since researching cohousing in Denmark in the early 1980s, McCamant has design and developed dozens of cohousing communities. She played the role of lead project manager in six California communities, seeing these communities from site search through move in. In addition to pioneering cohousing in North American, McCamant has designed a wide variety of building types, including an innovative, shared housing community for twenty-four single-parent households recovering from domestic violence situations, and a sustainably designed (LEED certified) church.
In 2006, McCamant founded Cohousing Partners, LLC with longtime collaborator Jim Leach of Wonderland Hill Development Company to take cohousing development to the next level in California. As a full-service real estate development company that partners with cohousing groups, Cohousing Partners, LLC seeks to address the growing demand for cohousing in California.
McCamant graduated with a bachelor of arts in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and did her graduate work at the Royal Academy of Art and Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark. After living in the Doyle Street Cohousing in Emeryville, California, for twelve years, she now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in the Nevada City Cohousing Community.
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