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It is terrific to travel and speak to a variety of audiences, everything from large conferences such as the International Builders Show to local AIA meetings. This page is continually updated and lists my upcoming appearances. Please use the links or email addresses below for details and registration information.

To schedule a speaking engagement with Sarah Susanka, please fill out the Speaking Engagement Inquiry Form» For all other questions about speaking engagements, please contact Suzanne Herrick.

Sarah has other scheduled appearances that are specifically focused on The Not So Big Life. To see these, please go to


April 15, 2019
ASPIRE: Designing the Future
Keynote Address
This event is open to the public
April 15, 2019, 6:00pm
Diane Wortham Theater
18 Biltmore Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
Sponsored by AIA South Atlantic Region
Contact Maggie Whittemore at 919-833-6656 or

July 19-21, 2019
Continuing the Not So Big Life Journey Workshop
Open only to previous Not So Big Life Workshop participants
Beginning Friday, July 19, 2019 at 4:30pm and
Ending Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 12:00pm
Rizzo Center
150 DuBose Home Lane
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Registration is now open!
Register now to save your spot.

Details Coming Soon

The Not So Big Life Workshop
Open to all
Date TBD (Late Summer 2019)
Duke Integrative Medicine
3475 Erwin Rd.
Durham, NC 27705
Sign up now to be notified when registration opens.

Sample Keynote Topics

Sarah Susanka is an engaging and dynamic speaker who customizes each of her talks according to the audience and host's needs. Below are a few samples of her most popular keynote titles. Many of these can also be made into full and half-day workshops.

  • Not So Big: The First Step in Sustainability
  • The Not So Big Life: A Personal Approach to Sustainability
  • The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live
  • Not So Big Remodeling: Tailoring Your Home for the Way You Really Live
  • Not So Big Community: A Vision for Our Collective Future
  • Home By Design: The Language of the Not So Big House

These talks includes such topics as:

  • The meaning of "Not So Big"
  • Making the most of your budget
  • What's needed to right size our homes
  • The three Not So Big Remodeling strategies
  • Some Not So Big (and not so expensive) moves to personalize any home
  • Aging in Place
  • Remodeling your own life
  • Not So Big living
  • Finding time in a too busy life
  • Pursuing what we love

To schedule an event with Sarah Susanka, please fill out and submit the Appearance Inquiry Form. We will be in touch shortly once we receive your inquiry. For all other questions about speaking engagements, please contact Suzanne Herrick.

To schedule a media interview with Sarah Susanka, go to the Media Center. For all other inquiries, go to Contact Information.

Past Presentation Venues
Memphis Architecture Month Lecture Series
Build Boston Residential Design Show
Carnegie Mellon University
International Builders Show
Pacific Coast Builders Convention
AIA National Convention
Harvard Graduate School of Design
University of Minnesota
Design Future Council, Salk Institute

Additional Appearances
This Old House
HGTV - Home and Garden Television: International Builders Show Special; Dream Builders
PBS's Wall Street Week with Fortune
WAGA TV - Good Day Atlanta
The Diane Rehm Show
National Public Radio
The Oprah Winfrey Show
The Charlie Rose Show

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