Kathryn McCamant, a licensed architect, is co-author of the book Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves that introduced this European housing model to North America. In 1987, Kathryn and her husband, Chuck Durrett, founded McCamant & Durrett Architects. In 2006, she founded CoHousing Partners, a cohousing development firm, with Jim Leach. Over the last two decades, Katie had designed, developed and consulted on over 50 cohousing communities in the U.S. as well as working with communities internationally. She has worked in every phase of cohousing development, from site search to construction administration, from marketing and outreach to living in her own community since its inception.
In 2011, she and Durrett released Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities (New Society Press) which covers their 20 years of creating cohousing communities across North America. She is now utilizing her experience to working with groups and developers across the country, including Ravens’ Roost Cohousing in Anchorage, to assist them in creating their own communities. Her work has received numerous national awards. After living in Doyle Street Cohousing in Emeryville for 12 years, she now lives with her husband at Nevada City Cohousing in the California Sierra Foothills.