McCamant & Durrett Principals
Charles Durrett, with his wife Kathryn McCamant, introduced the concept of cohousing to the U.S. with their book Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves. They coined the word "cohousing" for which they are credited in the Oxford English Dictionary. Charles recently authored, Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living-The Handbook.
Charles has designed over fifty cohousing communities in the United States, including Muir Commons, the first cohousing community in North America. He has also consulted on many more around the world. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Architecture, and a wide variety of other publications.
Charles and Kathryn have received numerous awards for their work, including the recent World Habitat Award presented by the United Nations, and the Mixed Use/Mixed Income Development Award, presented jointly by the American Insititute of Architects and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Although best known for his work designing and developing cohousing communities for families and seniors, he has also designed and renovated hundreds of childcare centers and classrooms throughout the country.
Charles' career as an architect has led him into the areas of urban design, town planning, and community development. He says, "Beauty is a key part of our job. People preserve, protect, maintain, and revitalize what they love. They love what is beautiful."