The Cohousing Company

General Information

The Cohousing Company (formerly McCamant & Durrett Architects) is an architecture and consulting firm with offices in Nevada City, California. The firm is well known nationally and internationally for the design of cohousing communities and sustainable design. Since 1987, MDA has provided complete architectural services and it is the go-to firm for groups who are serious about creating high quality cohousing communities on time and on budget. No one in North America has more experience at helping cohousing groups (and their budget) reach their potential.

Our primary concern is people, their environment, their community, and the quality of their lives. We work closely with clients through a unique participatory design process that allows them to build the community, not brick by brick, but decision by decision. The firm sees and enhances opportunities to create community, beautiful houses, and sustainability with every project. We pay close attention to the unique and specific requirements for each culture, subculture or group, climate, and region.

Charles is the author of Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living (, and several other popular books on cohousing.

The Cohousing Company offers:

Complete architectural services
Customized and participatory design process
Cohousing design for affordable & senior communities
Sustainable and energy efficient designs
An architect internship program

A sampling of the cohousing communities designed The Cohousing Company (in collaboration with the community residents):

Senior Cohousing
Mountain View Cohousing (Mountain View, CA)
Quimper Village (Port Townsend, WA)
Silver Sage Village (Boulder, CO)
Village Hearth Cohousing (Durham, NC)
Wolf Creek Lodge (Grass Valley, CA)

Intergenerational Cohousing
Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage (Belfast, ME)
Bellingham Cohousing (Bellingham, WA)
Cotati Cohousing (Cotati, CA)
Doyle Street Cohousing (Emeryville, CA)
Fair Oaks Ecohousing (Sacramento, CA)
Haystack Heights (Spokane, WA)
Nevada City Cohousing (Nevada City, CA)
Windsong Cohousing (Vancouver, BC)

See our full project list here:

We are located in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

Contact Us:
The Cohousing Company
241 B Commercial Street
Nevada City, CA 95959

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Nevada City

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Charles Durrett

  • 530-265-9980
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