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10 Influential Green Architects

Eric Corey Freed

At the tender age of 8, Eric Corey Freed already knew he wanted to be an architect. And somewhere along the way, he fell in love with organic architecture. Developed by Frank Lloyd Wright, organic architecture's basic premise is creating structures that blend seamlessly with their respective environments, reflecting individual building sites' climate and materials [source: Organic Architect]. Freed worked in New Mexico with a former Wright apprentice for a while before relocating to San Francisco, where he helped develop the Sustainable Design programs at both the University of California Berkeley Extension and the Academy of Art University, in addition to creating his architectural firm, organicARCHITECT.

Freed's firm quickly became prominent in the Bay Area, as did Freed himself, named "Best Green Architect" (2005) and "Best Visionary" (2007) by San Francisco Magazine. While Freed still works on projects through his firm, he's also written several books on green architecture and frequently speaks on the topic [source: Eric Corey Freed].