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Sarah Susanka, FAIA

Sarah Susanka - photo credit Cheryl Muhr

Author of The Not So Big House series and The Not So Big Life

Sarah Susanka’s “Not So Big” message has become a launch pad for a new dimension of understanding—not just in how we inhabit our homes, but in how we inhabit our planet and even our day-to-day lives. As a cultural visionary with an incredible ability to understand the warp and woof 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 author of nine books that collectively weave together home and life design, revealing that a “Not So Big” attitude serves not only architectural aims, but life goals as well. Her books have sold well over one million copies. Susanka’s most recent book, More Not So Big Solutions for Your Home, was released in February, 2010.

Through her Not So Big House lectures and series of books, 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 lectures 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 doing. Through this process of inner work and self discovery, audiences discover more meaning and vitality in their own lives.

Acclaimed Speaker

Susanka’s inspiring “Not So Big” keynotes and lectures have been sought out by renowned conferences such as TED, West Coast Green and PCBC. Major corporations including Johnson & Johnson, Lowe’s, Target, Best Buy 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 regularly invite Susanka to address their conferences. Universities, leadership conferences, health care groups and wellness centers seek her “Not So Big Life” lectures and workshops.

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, AARP, Metropolitan Home; and television programming such as “Oprah,” “Good Morning America,” “Charlie Rose,” CNN and HGTV.

Fast Company named Susanka 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.

Contact Suzanne Fedoruk Herrick at 612-861-7807 or suzanne@fedorukinc.com to book Sarah Susanka for your event.