Laura Fitch and Mary Kraus particularly enjoy lending our expertise in regions of the world where cohousing is a fairly new concept. Our workshop approach followed by design charrettes and consultations with the local architects is always a win-win-win.

In the case of Dragonfly Cohousing in Calgary (Alberta, Canada), Laura added her professional experience with cohousing site and common house design and group facilitation to the hill housing expertise of NORR Architects. We brought “design blocks” to the table that facilitated collaboration. With seven floors of level change across the narrow urban site, our “blocks” enabled the design team and future residents to tackle this challenging site in real time, synthesizing access, solar orientation, views, underground parking and community goals into a cohesive whole.

We returned to the team to consult directly with NORR Architects on the layout of the Common House kitchen and great room.