Senior Cohousing 101 (Intensive, 10:00am-5:00 pm, May 19)

This pre-conference intensive requires an additional fee of $115.00. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. This price includes lunch.

Presented by Charles Durrett, The Cohousing Company

Session Description

Join architect and author Charles Durrett for Senior Cohousing 101. In this inspiring pre-game show, you will learn why senior cohousing is such a big deal today and how to get them started. In this session, become aware of current challenges, including the influx of an aging society, and learn why cohousing is a successful model to combatting this challenge. Learn how to get a senior cohousing community started in your town, how to talk to your town officials, and how to appeal to your fellow citizens to stimulate a critical mass - a tipping of sorts for your peers.

Mr. Durrett brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a pioneer in the cohousing movement in the U.S. – a movement that is celebrating 25 years! Since the 1980’s his firm, McCamant & Durrett Architects (also known as The Cohousing Company) has been institutional in the creation of over 50 successful cohousing communities and, with the partnership of Kathryn McCamant, owner of Cohousing Solutions, teaches architects and community leaders how to start successful cohousing communities around the globe.

About the Presenter

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.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Thursday, May 19, from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm requires an additional fee of $115.00. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive.