Marianne Cusato

Marianne Cusato, '97 and '17

Adjunct Associate Professor

Marianne Cusato is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture and an expert in the fields of real estate trends and housing. Her messages speak to the ever-changing needs of homeowners striving to balance the practical requirements of economy and durability with the desire to love where we live.

Cusato is renowned for her work on innovative housing solutions for disaster recovery.  Her 308 s.f. Katrina Cottage design won the Smithsonian Institute's Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum's  2006 "People's Design Award."  That same year, Congress appropriated $400 million for an alternative emergency housing program based on Cusato's designs.

She has been ranked the No. 4 most influential person in the home building industry by Builder Magazine, voted one of the 30 Most Influential Women in the Housing Economy by HousingWire Magazine and selected by Fortune Magazine as one of the Top Women in Real Estate.

A spokesperson and housing expert for IAC's HomeAdvisor (NASDAQ: IAC), Cusato leads the HomeAdvisor Insights Forums, a series of events exploring important issues affecting the homebuilding industry such as aging-in-place and residential construction labor shortages.

Cusato is the author of two books:  The Just Right Home: Buying, Renting, Moving...or Just Dreaming--Find Your Perfect Match!  with Daniel DiClerico (April 2013, Workman Publishing) and  Get Your House Right, Architectural Elements to Use and Avoid,  with Ben Pentreath, Richard Sammons and Leon Krier, foreword by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales (January 2008, Sterling Publishing), as well as a blogger for the Huffington Post and contributor to Fortune Magazine.

She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture.

Areas of Expertise

  • American Domestic Architecture
  • Classical Architecture
  • Community Building
  • Residential Design
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