About Eric

Eric Corey Freed is an architect with over 25 years of experience showing people how to monetize sustainability and slash their operational costs. He is Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, a national thought leader in the design and operation of deep green and regenerative buildings. Companies like Autodesk, Pixar, Apple and Lowe’s have hired Eric to help them incorporate deeper sustainability into their businesses. In addition, he is co-founder or Architect Exam Prep, a publishing company providing innovative study guides for young architects.

Previously, he was Chief Community Officer at EcoDistricts, a nonprofit that helps cities and developers create regenerative, resilient and socially equitable neighborhoods for everyone, and Vice President of the International Living Future Institute, a nonprofit that developed the Living Building Challenge, a global, regenerative, deep green building standard.

Eric currently teaches Sustainable Design at Boston Architectural College, and he co-developed the Sustainable Design programs at the Academy of Art University and University of California Berkeley Extension.

As a trained facilitator, adjunct professor, and sought-out lecturer, Eric has educated more than 350,000 people across all 50 states and 7 countries on issues related to sustainability, high-performance building, and the built environment. His books and videos have been viewed by over 1 million people worldwide.

He was the founding Chair of Architecture for The San Francisco Design Museum and one of the founders of ecoTECTURE: The Online Journal of Ecological Design. He’s been a regular contributor for Greener Buildings, KBB Home, Sustainable Industries Journal, Luxe, Natural Home, Metropolitan Home and dozens of other publications. His work has been featured in Dwell, Metropolis, Town & Country, Natural Home and Newsweek. He has been seen on television on Fox News, HGTV, The Sundance Channel and PBS.

Eric is the author of 11 books, including "Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies", a bestseller with over 200,000 copies in print, "Sustainable School Architecture," and his series with Architect Exam Prep. His latest, “Green$ense for the Home” won the 2011 Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

Eric is considered a leader in the field; named by San Francisco Magazine "Best Green Architect" in 2005; "Best Visionary" in 2007; and "Green Visionary" by 7x7 Magazine in 2008. In 2012, he was named one of the 25 "Best Green Architecture Firms" in the US, and one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects." In 2017, he was named one of Build's American Architecture Top 25 and the following year, Fixr’s Top 200 Influencers in the Construction Industry. He holds a prestigious LEED Fellow award from the US Green Building Council.

He currently resides in beautiful Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter.

Funny & Thought Provoking

Eric is known for his quick wit and visually rich presentations. One of his fast paced keynotes typically include around 360 slides with engaging audio and video as part of the experience. His presentation is "like an inspirational stand up comedy show that makes you think."

Eric has been speaking publicly for more than 20 years and has keynoted more than 350 events. He's also appeared on more than 100 television and radio shows, including on Fox News, HGTV, PBS and CNN.

Speaking & Workshops

To date, nearly 350,000 people have attended one of Eric's popular workshops, lectures or keynotes all over the world. He loves showing companies how to rethink their business. Contact him to inspire your audience today!