McCamant & Durrett Architects
A Full Service Architectural Firm
The Cohousing Company is a full-service architectural firm founded by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett, the award-winning California architects credited with bringing the cohousing concept to the U.S. McCamant & Durrett Architects can save your cohousing group endless hassles, and wasted development money. Trust the leading experts who “wrote the book” on cohousing. Check out the list of cohousing communities we’ve worked with.
Architectural Services & Resources
McCamant & Durrett Architects offers workshops for cohousing groups to help determine the feasibility of a site, establish design priorities, build group consensus, determine what the community needs in a common house, and overall plan for project success. cohousing workshops
The Definitive Senior Cohousing Presentation
Great for getting a group started near you. This slide show is a wonderful introduction to show healthy, educated, and proactive adults who want to live in a social and environmentally vibrant community just how to go about joining or creating a cohousing project. more info
Aging Successfully - Senior Cohousing Study Group 1 Guide
Geared directly to professionals and others interested in facilitating workshops with seniors to help them discover the realities and possibilities of aging in place. more info
An Open Letter to Colleagues
I hope that this note finds you well. Here at McCamant & Durrett Architects (MDA), we have weathered the economic storms of the last five years and have emerged strong, if not unscathed. We have a workload of a half-a-dozen projects of varying sizes, in housing, master planning, affordable housing, childcare centers, as well as our continued work in cohousing.
MDA is looking to hire a full-time Architect with a minimum of three to five years experience, who has knowledge and experience in multi-family housing and mixed-use projects. We use Vectorworks in our office, and Sketchup for 3D modeling. Experience in these software platforms is essential, along with the usual Adobe CS and MS Office products.
We are a small office these days, so whomever we hire will get to do some of everything. Project management skills are a plus, along with a sense of humor and flexibility. This is not a telecommuting position: we need someone who will be in our office five days a week. We seek someone who would be happy living in this natural wonderland of Nevada County, close to skiing and climbing, hiking and world-class mountain biking, with a strong arts tradition and a buoyant music scene. In addition to having extensive technical skills, and given our history of social responsibility, we seek someone who really cares.
I write this letter, in part, because we have found that there seems to be a shortage of people out there with this mid-level range of experience in architecture, because—I believe—many young people have left the profession between 2008 and 2012. Meanwhile, the medieval aspects of our apprenticeship system hold far less appeal for millennials who have good technical skills. You really have to love environmental design and architecture to make this career path work. I am hoping you might know someone who is looking for work and whose qualifications would meet our needs. Please, let your acquaintances and colleagues know.
Our work is award winning and highly acclaimed. But that pales in comparison to the gratification we at MDA feel when walking through one of our communities or school – incidentally, also a community. The mutual regard, and conviviality is palpable. The life between the buildings is what distinguishes our environments. “If it doesn’t work socially, why bother,” is a key tenet for our office.
Another of our key concerns is sustainability. A typical cohousing unit in Nevada City uses minus $50 of electricity last year, and $100 worth of heat for the entire year, and that’s in the Lake Tahoe area. One of our clients said that before they moved in to Nevada City Cohousing they spent over $100 a month in utilities, now that’s what they spend for an entire year. Another client said recently that, in this rural location, he went from purchasing 5 to 6 tanks of gas for his car per month to less than one. That’s cohousing and that’s sustainable. We have been perfecting these practices long before LEED and we are extremely proud of our environments.
We are looking for a specific set of skills:
1) Technical competency. Knows Type 5 construction, inside & out.
2) Knows and is not intimidated by the IBC, and all other building codes.
3) Licensed Architect or equivalent level of confidence, independence, and skills.
4) Vectorworks, Adobe CS (especially Photoshop & InDesign), MS Office, SketchUp.
5) Has considerable experience administrating architect responsibilities on construction sites.
6) Is 100% confident in his/her ability to coordinate consultants, such as structural, civil, acoustic, and mechanical engineers.
In essence, we are looking for an implementer, a maker of things (buildings) and environments.
I’ve always been a big fan of personal referrals, so finding someone this way rather than through Craigslist appeals to me. Therefore, I am seeking your suggestions. If you know someone who meets these qualifications, refer them to Career Opportunities at McCamant & Durrett to begin the application process.
Thank you very much for your consideration.