SARAH SUSANKA, FAIA
Sarah Susanka's "Not So Big" message has become a launch pad for a new dimension
of understanding - not just about how we inhabit our homes, but also about
how we inhabit our planet and even our day-to-day lives. As a cultural
visionary with an incredible ability to understand the underlying structure
of the American lifestyle, Susanka is providing the language and tools that
are redefining how we live.
Thought leader, inspirational keynote speaker and acclaimed architect,
Susanka is the acclaimed author of nine best-selling books including The Not
So Big House (Taunton, 1998), The Not So Big Life (Random House, 2007), Not
So Big Remodeling (Taunton, 2009), and most recently, More Not So Big
Solutions for Your Home (Taunton, 2010). Her books have sold well over 1.2
Susanka put Not So Big house design principles into action
with her Not So Big Showhouse at SchoolStreet in Libertyville, Illinois.
The Showhouse and SchoolStreet development powerfully combine Not So Big
house design and a walkable community, showing how "better, not bigger"
design, a well-thought out neighborhood, and a vibrant existing community
create housing success.
Through her Not So Big House presentations and book series, Susanka has
helped readers understand that the sense of "home" they're seeking has
almost nothing to do with quantity and everything to do with quality. She
points out that we feel "at home" in our houses when where we live reflects
who we are in our hearts. In her book and presentations about The Not So
Big Life, she uses this same set of notions to explain that we can feel "at
home" in our lives only when what we do reflects who we truly are. Susanka
unveils a process for changing the way we live by fully inhabiting each
moment of our lives, and by showing up completely in whatever it is we are
Acclaimed Speaker, Sought-After Media Resource
Susanka's inspiring "Not So Big" keynotes and presentations have been sought
out by renowned conferences and major corporations, including Johnson &
Johnson, Lowe's, Target, BestBuy and Herman Miller, as well as key
government and civic organizations such as the U.S. Department of Energy,
the National Association of Homebuilders, The American Institute of
Architects and The National Trust for Historic Preservation. Susanka is
regularly called upon for her insights as a social commentator and
trend-spotter by USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times;
magazines such as Newsweek, Better Homes & Gardens, Reader's Digest and
AARP; and television programming such as "Oprah", "Good Morning America",
"Charlie Rose", CNN, HGTV and "This Old House".
Builder Magazine distinguishes Susanka as one of the 30 most notable
innovators in the housing industry over the past 30 years. Fast Company
named her to their debut list of "Fast 50" innovators whose achievements
have helped to change society, Newsweek magazine selected her as a "top
newsmaker" for 2000, and U.S. News and World Report dubbed her an "innovator
in American culture" in 1998. Susanka was presented with the 2007 Anne
Morrow Lindbergh Award by the Lindbergh Foundation for outstanding
individual achievement in making positive contributions to our world.
Susanka is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of
Architects and a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council. She was born
in Kent, England, and travels from North Carolina.