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About the Authors: Eric Corey Freed

Posted on 05 March 2010 by rkeytex

Eric Corey Freed is Principal of organicARCHITECT, an architecture and consulting firm in California, with nearly 20 years of experience in green building. Eric is a licensed architect (California, New Mexico, Arizona), and a recognized pioneer in the tradition of Organic Architecture, first developed by Frank Lloyd Wright. A lifetime proponent of individualism and sustainability, Eric Corey Freed knew he wanted to be an architect at the early age of eight.

Promoting both an organic and ecological approach to design, Eric wishes to provide an alternative to what he calls the “harsh, style-driven fashions” that are so popular in architecture today.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Eric Corey Freed attended Temple University College of Architecture, graduating with honors in 1994. While a student, Eric had the opportunity to focus his concentration on Urban Design in Rome, Italy.

During several years working in both Philadelphia and New York City, Eric became very active within the profession. He worked under acclaimed architect Beverly Willis, and helped design two schools in New York. Their design for Manhattan Village Academy was widely published. At that time, noted architect and critic, Philip Johnson cited Eric as “one of the real brains of his generation.”

In 1996, Eric accepted a position in Santa Fe, New Mexico with a former apprentice of the master, Frank Lloyd Wright. While there, he had direct contact with both the most ancient and the newest of environmental building materials. Seeking to expand his knowledge, Eric relocated to San Francisco in 1997 to start his own practice and join the heart of the environmental movement.

Eric’s work has been exhibited in numerous venues. He has been a visiting critic at several schools of architecture and the recipient of various awards and accolades. Eric co-developed the Sustainable Design curriculum at Academy of Art University and the Sustainable Certificate Program at UC Berkeley Extension. He served as Founding Chair of Architecture for The San Francisco Design Museum. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Architects, Designers & Planners for Social Responsibility (NorCal ADPSR), West Coast Green and US Green Building Council, Coachella Valley, as well as the advisory boards of nearly a dozen other organizations.

Eric advises companies and organizations around the world on various issues of design, sustainability and green building.

In addition, Eric was co-founder and one of the editors of ecoTECTURE: The Online Journal of Ecological Design, a publication for people interested in the environment as well as a regular columnist for GreenerBuildings.com. He is author of the bestselling book, "Green Building for Dummies" (Wiley, 2007) and the new books, "Sustainable School Architecture," and "Green$ense: Rating the Real Payoff from 50 Green Home Projects."

A sought after public speaker, Eric lectures around the country at 40+ conferences a year, and his work has been featured in Dwell, Metropolis, Town & Country, Natural Home and Newsweek. He has been seen on television on HGTV, The Sundance Channel and PBS.

ERIC’S WEBSITE: http://www.rkeytex.com

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