Natural Living Des Moines

Sarah Susanka, author of The Not So Big House, to speak in Des Moines by naturaldsm
August 31, 2006, 4:49 pm
Filed under: Events

From the Center on Sustainable Communities:

Join us October 4, 7:00 p.m. at Hoyt Sherman Place, tickets are on sale now.

Sarah Susanka, best selling author of The Not So Big House® book series, is an architect, interior designer, and cultural visionary whose “build better, not bigger” approach has been embraced by homeowners, architects and builders across the country. Leading a movement that is redefining the American home, Susanka is a sought-after resource by industry groups and members of the media. She has shared her insights on big ideas for small spaces on The Oprah Show, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. In February 2001, Fast Company named her to their debut list of “Fast 50” innovators whose achievements have helped to change society, and she ranked number 14 out of 50 in Builder Magazine’s “Power Brokers” – the most influential people in the building industry.

Susanka has earned similar accolades for her books. Her first, The Not So Big House (1998) spent two years among the top five best sellers on’s Home and Garden list. Creating The Not So Big House (2000) ranked among the top 15 books in the New York Times “Advice & How To” best-seller list. In Susanka’s book Home By Design, she illustrates principles that govern how we experience space, light and order in our homes, and reveals the tricks used by architects and designers to make their creations comfortable and engaging. Susanka believes that by giving names to the key ingredients of good design and explaining how they can be applied in any home, builders, designers, and homeowners will be able to dramatically improve the quality of house design.

In 2007, Random House will publish The Not So Big Life, where Sarah will adapt the same revolutionary principles to how we experience our lives. She will offer guidelines for easing our chaotic and overcommitted lifestyles to make time for those things that give our lives a personal signature and deep satisfaction.

Prior to her work as an author and public speaker, Sarah Susanka was a principal and founding partner of Mulfinger, Susanka, Mahady & Partners, Inc., a firm specializing in residential architecture in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She spent 16 years at the company, which was selected to design the 1999 Life Dream House. Susanka is a registered architect, a member of the American Institute of Architects and is a certified interior designer.
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Ticket prices are as follows:

    Regular price                         $37.50
COSC member price                  $32.50

    If purchased before September 22nd

    Early price                            $27.50

    Early COSC price                   $17.50


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