Tour of Germantown Commons (Bryan Bowen and Diana Sullivan)

This 90 minute tour (two offered, at 1:30 and at 3:00) requires an additional fee of $20. You may register for one of the two tours without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any tour or intensive.

Tour Led by Architect Bryan Bowen or Founder Diana Sullivan

Gemantown Commons

Germantown Common is a cohousing condo development that celebrates community and sustainability. We choose to live lighter on the earth and know our neighbors. Small, energy efficient homes, rain gardens and edible landscaping top the list of sustainable features, and homes are solar-ready. Members enjoy gathering in the shared common house and community courtyard for weekly dinner parties and lots of fun events for the young and not-so-young. A multi-generational development with 25 privately owned homes, Germantown Commons is designed to create a nurturing environment for children as well as balance privacy and community. We’d love to tell you more.

About the Presenters

Bryan Bowen is a Colorado-based architect and principal at Caddis Architecture who designed Germantown Commons in Nashville, and is a leader with Memel.Global, the first cohousing community in Africa. Since 1995, Bryan has been dedicated to the design of neighborhoods and eco-buildings, all with the vision of making baby steps towards a sustainable permaculture planet. Bryan maintains community involvement through layers of volunteerism and sits on the Wild Sage Cohousing HOA board, where he lives with his family. In addition to his niche in cohousing, his work includes single family homes, eco-retrofits, multifamily housing, mixed-use projects, community planning, and commercial work.

Diana Sullivan, a founder of Germantown Commons, is a commercial real estate broker and formerly an award winning marketing and advertising professional in the regional shopping center industry. In 2008 when the real estate market crashed Diana began to search for a more sustainable experience in life and in real estate. In 2010 she attended the U.S Cohousing Association's conference in Boulder to learn about how cohousing gets built. Returning to Nashville she began working with a fledgling group interested in living in a community. As a result of the community's effort, Germantown Commons, a 25 condo development near downtown Nashville, was completed in summer of 2015. Diana is single with three adult sons and has grown to understand the value of a higher functioning community. She is owner of New American Villages, a development company started to assist others interested in building community.

Additional Information

Two 90 minute tours are offered on Friday, May 19, at 1:30 and at 3:00, and require an additional fee of $20. You may register for one of these tours separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this tour.