Chris ScottHanson -- Development Consultant
Principal at Urban Cohousing Associates, is a respected leader in cohousing development in North America and author of The Cohousing Handbook: Building a Place for Community. Chris has assisted more than 35 cohousing groups across North America with all aspects of the cohousing development process from land acquisition to construction. He specializes in front end project planning and land acquisition, and finding and developing the business relationships with local project professionals, including developers, contractors, architects, engineers and lawyers.
Grace Kim -- Architect
Grace Kim (she/her) is a founding principal of Schemata Workshop and began her architectural career in Chicago before returning home to Seattle. Grace is a consensus builder, helping her clients and project stakeholders envision how a completed project will be experienced. She is a compassionate listener and sensitive designer, paying attention to both the present and future needs of her clients. Grace is the author of The Survival Guide to Architectural Internship and Career Development, and in 2008, she was recipient of the National AIA Young Architect Award. Grace spoke in Vancouver at TED 2017 on the topic of cohousing.
For four years, Grace served on the board of the Cohousing Association of the US. She is also a founding member of Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing. Grace is currently a commissioner of the Seattle Planning Commission and serves on the Board of Directors for the Housing Development Consortium – an advocacy group for the affordable housing industry. Grace is frequently presenting at national conferences on the topics of mentorship, Cohousing, and alternative housing models for seniors and those with disabilities.
Karen Gimnig -- Process Consultant
Karen Gimnig is a relationship trainer and process consultant with a passion for cohousing communities.
Karen prefers to have long term relationships with communities getting to know them well and providing the ongoing support they need over time to continue to grow together into connected, high functioning communities with effective consensus or sociocratic decision making.