Sarah Susanka

Speech Topics:
The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters
Home By Design: The Principles of Not So Big Living
Being Well in a Not So Big Way
Why So Big? When Do We Know We Have Enough?
Build Better, Not Bigger
The Not So Big House: Building Better, Not Bigger
The Teardown Phenomenon: What Can Be Done?

Thought leader, inspirational keynote speaker, and acclaimed architect, Sarah Susanka is the bestselling author of seven books including The Not So Big House series and The Not So Big Life.

Her “Not So Big” keynotes and motivational talks have been sought out by renowned conferences such as TED, PCBC, West Coast Green and major corporations such as Johnson & Johnson, Lowe's, Target, and Best Buy. Key government and civic organizations, including The U.S. Department of Energy, National Association of Homebuilders, The American Institute of Architects, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation regularly invite Susanka to address their events. Universities, leadership conferences, health care groups and retreat centers (such as The Omega Institute) call on her regularly for her “Not So Big Life” talks.

Susanka is the recipient of numerous awards, including “Innovator in American Culture” by US News & World Report, a “Top Newsmaker” by Newsweek Magazine, and a “Fast 50” innovator by Fast Company.

Susanka is regularly called upon as a social commentator by USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times; magazines such as Newsweek, Better Homes & Gardens, Readers Digest, AARP, Metropolitan Home; and shows such as “The Today Show,” “HGTV,” “The Oprah Show,” and “Charlie Rose.”

Her groundbreaking first book The Not So Big House was published in 1998 by the Taunton Press. Other books in the series include Creating the Not So Big House, Not So Big Solutions for Your Home, Home By Design, Inside the Not So Big House, and Outside the Not So Big House. In 2007, The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters was published by Random House.

Susanka is a registered architect, a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects and is a certified interior designer.

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