Kathryn McCamant

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Kathryn McCamant
United States
💼 Occupation
🏅 Awards2001 United Nations World Habitat Award, American Institute of Architects National Award for Mixed-use Development, 2011 California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award

Kathryn "Katie" McCamant is an American architect and author based in Nevada City, California.


With Charles Durrett, McCamant is a co-founder of the cohousing movement in North America and is credited with coining the English term "cohousing".[1] Cohousing is a type of intentional community composed of small private homes with full kitchens, supplemented by extensive common facilities. A cohousing community is planned, owned and managed by the residents, groups of people who want more interaction with their neighbors.[2][3][4]

McCamant and Durrett designed Muir Commons, the first cohousing community in North America. Their former Nevada City, California firm, McCamant & Durrett Architects designed 55 cohousing communities in North America.[5] McCamant is co-author of Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves (1988)[6] and Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities (2011)[7]. In recent years she has focused on training entrepreneurs who seek to devote themselves to building the next 500 cohousing communities.

She is recipient or co-recipient of numerous awards from the American Institute of Architects and others for various completed projects.[8] In 2001, she was a co-recipient of the United Nations World Habitat Award for her work in designing the East Lake Commons Conservation Community in Atlanta, GA.[9] She and Durrett previously received a national award from AIA for East Lake for mixed-use development. She was awarded the Vision 2020 Award of the Sierra Business Council in 2007.[10] McCamant and Durrett won the 2011 California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, California's most prestigious environmental honor, for Wolf Creek Lodge. [11][12]

Personal life[edit]

McCamant graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at UC Berkeley and completed her graduate work at the Royal Academy of Art and Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark.[13] McCamant and her ex-husband Durrett raised their daughter in cohousing, first at Doyle Street Cohousing in Emeryville, which she and Durrett cofounded in the 1990s, and then later Nevada City Cohousing, which opened in 2006.[4]

See also[edit]

  • Sunward Cohousing


  1. "Cohousing". Cohousing. Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  2. Martin, Courtney E. (2019-02-13). "Coming of age in cohousing". Curbed. Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  3. Martin, Courtney E. (2016-09-20). "Opinion | Modern Housing With Village Virtues". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Neighborly by Design". Comstock's magazine. Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  5. Verde, Tom (2018-01-20). "There's Community and Consensus. But It's No Commune". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  6. McCamant, Kathryn (1994). Cohousing : a contemporary approach to housing ourselves. Charles Durrett, Ellen Hertzman (2nd ed.). Berkeley, Calif.: Ten Speed Press. ISBN 0-89815-539-8. OCLC 27935922. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  7. McCamant, Kathryn (2011). Creating cohousing : building sustainable communities. Charles Durrett, Canadian Electronic Library. Gabriola, B.C.: New Society Publishers. ISBN 978-1-55092-465-7. OCLC 733084913. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  8. "Cohousing Architects Win National Award". Foundation for Intentional Community. 2008-05-29. Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  9. "East Lake Commons Conservation Community, Atlanta". World Habitat. Retrieved 2021-08-08.
  10. YubaNet (2007-10-20). "Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett of Nevada City's CoHousing Partners Honored with Sierra Business Council's 2007 Vision 2020 Awards". Archived from the original on 2008-11-20. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. "Wolf Creek Lodge » GEELA Award". Retrieved 2021-08-08.
  12. "Press Release – 2011 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award Winners Honored | CalEPA". Retrieved 2021-08-08.
  13. CoHousing Solutions

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