Marianne Cusato is a leading voice in home design whose work continually inspires and shapes trends throughout the building industry. Cusato’s work addresses the ever-changing needs of homeowners today by striving to balance the practical requirements of economy and durability with the desire to love where we live. Ranked the No. 4 most influential person in the home building industry by Builder Magazine on its “Power on 50” list, Cusato is well-known for her work on the Katrina Cottages and her partnership with Lowe’s Home Centers. Her 308-square-foot Katrina Cottage won the Smithsonian Institute’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum’s “People’s Design Award.” This year, she was ranked one of the 30 Most Influential Women in the Housing Economy by HousingWire magazine. Cusato is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture and has written two books: Get Your House Right: Architectural Elements to Use and Avoid with Ben Pentreath, Richard Sammons and Leon Krier; and The Value of Design.

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