Charles Durrett, a California-based architect and author, specializes in "cohousing," a type of intentional community composed of small private homes with full kitchens, supplemented by extensive common facilities. A cohousing community is planned, owned and managed by the residents—that is, groups of people who want more interaction with their neighbours. He is a major proponent of senior cohousing, also known as elder cohousing, which refers to residential communities specifically designed for seniors.
Durrett is author of The Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living (2009, 2nd ed.), and with Kathryn McCamant, is co-author of Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves (1988) and Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities (2011).
He is recipient or co-recipient of numerous awards from the American Institute of Architects and others for various completed projects.