Dr. Avi Friedman – Speaker Bio

Photo of Avi FriedmanAvi Friedman

McGill University

“Friedman is a whirlwind of energy, ebullience and no-nonsense arguments.”
-Canadian Geographic



 Dr. Avi Friedman is an expert in the design and implementation of affordable and sustainable building practices at the unit and community levels, and specializes in market acceptance, construction and resource efficiency. He is the recipient of several awards including the Progressive Architecture Research Award, the J.-Armand-Bombardier Prize for Technological Innovation, the Manning Innovation Award of Distinction and the World Habitat Award.

Dr. Friedman is a Professor at the McGill School of Architecture and is also the principal of Avi Friedman Consultants Inc. with a portfolio that includes the development of sustainable master plans, urban renewal, neighborhood planning and the conversion of industrial buildings to housing. He has designed several sustainable communities, most recently in Middlesex Center, Ontario where water conservation was a key feature. A distinguishing aspect of his work is the integration of a broad range of factors that affect sustainable development including economic, social, environmental and cultural aspects.

Dr. Friedman’s work has been published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Popular Science, among others and has been featured on the ABC, BBC, CNN and HGTV networks. He is the author of 12 books, including Fundamentals of Sustainable Dwellings, Sustainable Residential Development, and Planning the New Suburbia. He was a syndicated columnist for the Canwest chain and he currently writes for several trade publications.

Avi regularly speaks on the topic of resource conservation and improving urban sustainability to a wide variety of audiences including designers, developers and elected officials in locations as diverse as Dalian, Guadalajara, Prague, Cape Town, Las Vegas, Berlin and Tel Aviv.

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