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Avi Friedman is a Professor,McGill University,Canada

Avi Friedman

Professor

Conference Chair

Canada

McGill University

BIOGRAPHY

Avi Friedman began his studies at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy, received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in 1980 (first in class/cum laude), his Master of Architecture from McGill University and his Doctorate in 1987 from Université de Montréal. In 1988 he co-founded the Affordable Homes Program at the McGill School of Architecture, where he is a Professor. He is also an Honorary Professor in Lancaster University in the U.K. Dr. Friedman’s research interests focus on factors which influence the design and implementation of affordable and sustainable building practices at the unit and community levels, including market acceptance, construction, and resource efficiency. For his research he was awarded the Progressive Architecture Research Award, the J.- Armand-Bombardier Prize for Technological Innovation, and the Manning Innovation Award of Distinction. Avi Friedman has published extensively in both academic and trade publications. He has authored 23 books as well as peer-reviewed articles on subjects ranging from prefabrication and construction technology to suburban planning and space management, for academic journals. He has been invited to address international meetings in most of which he was a keynote speaker. Dr. Friedman is a member of the editorial board of architectural journals and authored research monographs and articles in trade publications in the US and Canada. He is also a columnist for several media outlets. Avi Friedman has designed several housing prototypes which were built as full-scale demonstration projects and were then constructed by homebuilders around the world. The Grow Home (codesigned with Witold Rybczynski), a narrow-front rowhouse, received immense media attention and has since been built in communities across North America and Europe. The Next Home, also the subject of much positive media scrutiny, was incorporated into the design of communities in Canada and the U.K. La Casa a la Carta, presented in Mexico, was designed specifically for the developing world. Dr. Friedman’s design work and projects have been cited in many books and have been covered extensively: on TV shows such as Good Morning America, Dream Builders and Stewart Brand’s How Buildings Learn (British Broadcasting Corporation), in magazines such as Popular Science, Architecture and Home, and in newspapers including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Examiner. Avi Friedman has been invited to speak on over 300 occasions at meetings of government officials, development authorities, university professors and students, homebuilders, architects and planners in locations as diverse as Dalian, Guadalajara, Prague, Singapore, Berlin and Melbourne. He has received awards for his design and teaching, including the American Institute of Architects Education Honors, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Collaborative Practice Award, prestigious Creative Achievement Award, the World Habitat Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Sustainable Buildings Canada. Avi Friedman is the President of Avi Friedman Consultants, Inc., a design firm with a focus on affordable and sustainable residential environments. Since 1981, he has designed single-family dwellings, affordable and sustainable communities, undertook urban renewal of towns, master planning of cities and conversion of industrial buildings into residences. His list of clients includes governments, cities and private sector enterprises. Dr. Friedman served as a member of many boards and committees in government and trade, including the National Advisory Council on Energy Efficiency, and the National Housing Research Committee of Canada. He has also served on the juries of many design competitions. In the year 2000 the international design magazine Wallpaper included Avi Friedman in its list of 10 people “most likely to change the way we live,” along with Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA, and Sven Mattison, inventor of the Bluetooth computer chip. In the year 2004 he was referred to by Robert Scally, host of the television series The Innovators, as “the most influential housing innovator in the world.”

PUBLICATIONS

Peer reviewed Articles

  1. Friedman, A., “Rethinking Housing Education in Architecture Schools,” International Journal of Architectural Research, Vol. 4, Issues 2-3, pp. 54-60, July-November 2010.
  2. Debicka, E., Friedman, A., “Changing Landscape, Changing People: Public Housing in Canada’s Eastern Arctic 1950s to 1980s,” Canadian Journal of Urban Research, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp. 25-39, Winter 2009.
  3. Debicka, E., Friedman, A., “Flexible Design of Public Housing in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada,” Open House International, Vol. 34, No. 4, pp. 26-35, 2009.
  4. Friedman, A., “A Methodology for the Preservation of the Architectural Heritage of Senneville, Quebec, Canada,” Journal of Urban Design, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 359-373, October 2007.
  5. Friedman, A., “Farming in Suburbia,” Open House International, Vol. 32, No. 1, pp. 7-15, March, 2007.
  6. Friedman, A., “Designing Affordable Homes and Communities with Passive Solar Considerations in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada,” Open House International, Vol. 28, No. 4, pp. 71-80, 2003.
  7. Noguchi, M., Friedman, A., “Manufacturer-User Communication in Industrialized Housing in Japan,” Open House International, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 21-29, 2002.
  8. Friedman, A., Krawitz, D., “Retooling the Historic Neighbourhood of Le Village, Cornwall, Ontario,” Plan Canada, Vol. 42, No. 1, pp. 24-26, January-February-March, 2002.
  9. Friedman, A., Krawitz, D., “The Development Process of Urban and Architectural Guidelines for the Rehabilitation of an Inner-City Neighbourhood: Le Village, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada,” Journal of Urban Design, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 5-34, 2002.
  10. Friedman, A., "Construction Technology Transfer in the Age of NAFTA," Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 341-351, Winter 2001.
  11. Friedman, A., Angel, N., Krawitz, D., “Identifying Affordability Level and Housing Needs in Montréal, Canada,” Open House International, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 5-12, 2001.
  12. Cooke, A., Friedman, A., "Ahead of their Time: The Sears Catalogue Prefabricated Houses," Journal of Design History Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 53-70, 2001.
  13. Friedman, A., "Preferences of First-time Buyers of Affordable Housing: Evidence from Grow Homes in Montréal, Canada," Canadian Journal of Urban Research, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 1-22, June 2000.
  14. Friedman, A., Pomeroy, S., Krawitz, D., Smith, A. "A Decision-Making Model for the Choice of a Self-Build Strategy, " Open House International, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 4-12, June 2000.
  15. Friedman, A., Krawitz, D., "The Next Home: Affordability Through Flexibility and Choice," Housing and Society, Vol. 25, Nos. 1&2, pp. 103-116, 1998.
  16. Friedman, A., "La Casa a la Carta: North Helps House South," Open House International, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 4-12, 1998.
  17. Friedman, A., Steffel, J., Fréchette, J., "Planning for Suburban Evolution," Plan Canada, Vol. 38, No. 4, pp. 35-44, 1998.
  18. Friedman, A., Cammalleri, V., "Cost Reduction through Prefabrication: A Design Approach," Housing and Society, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 1-14, 1997.
  19. Friedman, A., "Design for Change: Flexible Planning Strategies for the 90s and Beyond," Journal of Urban Design, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 277-295, 1997.
  20. Friedman, A., Cammalleri, V., "Selection Criteria for Energy-Efficient Windows," Building Research and Information, Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 234-238, July/August 1997.
  21. Friedman, A., "Design for Flexibility and Affordability: Learning from the Post-War Home," Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 150-170, Summer 1997.
  22. Friedman, A., "Decision Making Process for Choice of a Flexible Internal Partition Option in Multi Unit Housing Using Decision Theory Techniques," Design Methods: Theories, Research, Education and Practice, Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 2466-2477, Jan.-Mar. 1997.
  23. Friedman, A., Pantelopoulos, M., "Space Management in Montréal's Wartime Homes," Housing and Society, Vol. 23, No. 2, pp. 65-83, 1996.
  24. Friedman, A., Cammalleri, V., "Advanced Wood-Frame Construction Details in Canada," Building Research and Information, Vol. 24, No. 5, pp. 270-278, 1996.
  25. Rios, A., Friedman, A., "Residential Modification of Narrow Front Affordable Grow Homes in Montréal, Canada," Open House International, Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 4-17, 1996.
  26. Friedman, A., "Flexible Planning Strategies: The La Prairie Experiment," Plan Canada, Vol. 36, No. 2, pp. 33- 42, 1996.
  27. Friedman, A., Pantelopoulos, M., "The Wartime Home as a Paradigm for Today's Affordable Housing Design," Journal of Architectural Education, Vol. 49:3, pp. 184-195, February 1996.
  28. Friedman, A., Cammalleri, V., "The Impact of R-2000 Building Technology on Canadian Housing," Building Research and Information, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 5-13, 1996.
  29. Friedman, A., Drummond, D., Sheppard, A., "The Conversion of Under-used Industrial Buildings to Affordable Housing in Montréal, Canada," Open House International, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 3-11, 1995.
  30. Friedman, A., "The Evolution of Design Characteristics During the Post-Second World War Housing Boom: The US Experience," Journal of Design History, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 131-146, 1995.
  31. Friedman, A., Cammalleri, V., "The Environmental Impact of Building Materials in the North American Home Building Industry," Building Research and Information, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 162-166, 1995.
  32. Friedman, A., Cammalleri, V., "Reducing Energy, Resources and Construction Waste Through Efficient Residential Unit Design," Building Research and Information, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 103-108, 1994.
  33. Friedman, A., "Narrow-Front Row Housing - For Affordability and Flexibility," Plan Canada, pp. 8-15, September 1994.
  34. Friedman, A., "Developing Design and Implementation Strategies for Flexible Building Systems in North American Housing," Open House International, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 3-12, 1994.
  35. Friedman, A., Cammalleri, V., "Occupant Satisfaction with Narrow-Front Starter Homes in Montréal," Housing and Society, Vol. 20:1, pp. 51-62, 1993.
  36. Friedman, A., "Developing Skills for Architects of Speculative Housing," Journal of Architectural Education, Vol. 47:1, pp. 50-53, September 1993.
  37. Friedman, A., Cammalleri, V., "Prefabricated Wall Systems and the North American Home Building Industry," Building Research and Information, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 209-215, 1993.
  38. Friedman, A., "Prefabrication vs. Conventional Construction in Single-Family Wood Frame Housing," Building Research and Information, Vol. 20, No. 4, pp. 226-228, 1992.
  39. Friedman, A., "Decision Making Process for Flexibility in Housing Using Life Cycle Cost Technique," Open House International, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 29-36, 1991.
  40. Friedman, A., "Design/Decision Making Model for Flexibility in North American Housing," Open House International, Vol. 15, No.1, pp. 31-36, 1990.
  41. Friedman, A., "Innovation and the North American Homebuilding Industry," Open House International, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 16-19, 1989. Reprinted in the Proceedings of Open House International Association Conference, pp. 137-140, July 1989, University of Newcastle, U.K.
  42. Friedman, A., Papamarkaki, L., "Design for Users’ Intervention in Apartments - Case Studies in Athens, Greece," Open House International, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 3-12, 1989.

Conferences

  1. Friedman, A., “Participatory Systems Dynamics,” Proceedings of the 2nd International Roadmap Development Workshop, the McGill World Platform for Health and Economic Convergence, McGill University, Montreal, September 30, 2010 (Workshop Co-leader).
  2. Friedman, A., “Thinking Outside the Box on Affordable Homes and Communities,” Proceedings of the Think Tank Convergence Meeting: Sustainable Places and Communities, Leading Change on the Ground, McGill World Platform for Health and Economic Convergence, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, November 17, 2009 (Digital Record on a CD, Workshop Moderator).
  3. Friedman, A., “Principals of Sustainable Homes and Communities,” Proceedings of South African Housing Federation International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, October 11-14, 2009 (Digital Record on a CD).
  4. Friedman, A., “Partners in Prevention: The Role of Urban Planning,” Proceedings of the 5th World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes and its Complications, p. 21, Helskinki, Finland, June 1-4, 2008.
  5. Friedman, A., “Healthy Communtiies for the 21st Century: The Role of Urban Planning in Prevention of MetS,” Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Prediabetes and Metabolic Syndrome, p. S35, Barcelona, Spain, April 25-28, 2007 (Keynote Address).
  6. Friedman, A., “Retooling Communtiies for the 21st Century,” Northern Alberta Development Council TriAnnual Conference, Cold Lake, Alberta, p. 11, April 22-24, 2009.
  7. Friedman, A., “Employing Architectural Flexibility to Achieve Affordability in Housing,” Selected by the ACSA (8 selected out of 67 papers submitted) for inclusion in the comference proceedings of the Association for Community Design Annual Conference, June 7-8, 2006, Los Angeles, California (pp. 35-44).
  8. Friedman, A., Pretty, L., “Affordable Housing with Passive Solar Considerations in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada,” Proceedings of the 92nd Assocation of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Annual Meeting, March 18-21, 2004, Miami, Florida, p. 42 (Collaborative Practice Awards Presentation Session).
  9. Friedman, A., Pretty, L., “Retooling the Heart of the City: Cornwall, Ontario, Canada,” Proceedings of the 91st Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Annual Meeting, March 14-17, 2003, Louisville, Kentucky, (Collaborative Practice Awards Presentation Session).
  10. Noguchi, M., Friedman, A., “A Design System Approach to Mass Customizing Industrialized Homes in Japan,” 2002 ACSA Technology Conference, Portland, Oregon, pp. 114-121, October 10-13, 2002 (Full Paper Peer Review; Presented by Noguchi).
  11. Baouendi, R., Zmeureanu, R., Bradley, B., Friedman, A., “EEE: A Prototype for the Evaluation of Embodied Energy and Greenhouse Gases Emissions of Exterior Envolope of Canadian Houses,” eSim 2002, Montreal, Quebec, pp. 214-220, September 11-13, 2002 (Full Paper Peer Review; Presented by Baouendi).
  12. Noguchi, M., Friedman, A., “A Design System Approach to Mass Customizing Industrialized Homes in Japan,” Third ARCC/EAAE International Conference on Architectural Research, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, May 22-25, 2002 (Full Paper Peer Review; Recorded on CD-ROM).
  13. Noguchi, M., Friedman, A., “A Mass Custom Design System Model for the Delivery of Quality Homes - Learning From Japan’s Prefabricated Housing Industry,” CIB Joint Conference, Hong Kong, pp. 229-243, May 6-10, 2002, (Peer Review of Abstract; Presented by Noguchi).
  14. Friedman, A., Bedford, K., Charlebois, C., “Rehabilitation of La Village, Cornwall,” Proceedings of the 90th Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Annual Meeting, p. 257-259, April 11-14, 2002, New Orleans, Louisiana, (Collaborative Practice Awards Presentation Session).
  15. Friedman, A., Bedford, K., Charlebois, C., “Collaboration between Municipal Planners, a Citizens’ Association, and an Academic Institution in the Rehabilitation of Le Village, Cornwall, Ontario,” Proceedings of the 2001 Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) / Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) Conference, pp. 383-386, July 8-11, 2001, Ottawa, Ontario (Peer Review of Abstract; Best Paper Presentation Award).
  16. Friedman, A., “The Duality of Narrow-Front Rowhousing: Affordability and Sustainability,” Proceedings of the 2001 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) International Conference, pp. 240-245, June 15-19, 2001, Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey (Full Paper Peer Review).
  17. Friedman, A., “University-Industry-Government Collaboration in Providing Affordable Housing in Canada: The Grow Home Experience,” Proceedings of the World Forum on Human Habitat, June 4-6, 2001, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, NY (Peer Review of Abstract; Official Representative of Quebec Ministry for International Relations; Plenary Speaker).
  18. Friedman, A., Sheppard, A., Krawitz, D., "Narrow-Front Rowhousing Affordable Communities: An Alternative to Urban Sprawl," Proceedings of the 89th Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Annual Meeting, pp. 106-112, March 16-20, 2001, Baltimore, Maryland (Full Paper Peer Review; Presented by Sheppard).
  19. Friedman, A., "Flexible Domestic Strategies for an Aging Population," Proceedings of the Fourth Global Conference of the International Federation on Ageing, p. 37, September 5-9, 1999, Montréal, Quebec (Peer Review of Abstract).
  20. Friedman, A., "La Casa a la Carta: University-Industry Collaboration in Technology Transfer," Proceedings of the 1999 ACSA/CIB International Science and Technology Conference, pp. 193-198, June 25-30, 1999, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec (Full Paper Peer Review).
  21. Friedman, A., "The Next Home: Expanding Housing Choice and Flexibility," Proceedings of the 14th World Congress of Sociology, Research Committee on Housing and the Built Environment of the International Sociological Association (ISA), p. 120, July 26-August 1, 1998, Montréal, Quebec (Peer Review of Abstract).
  22. Friedman, A., "The Next Home," Proceedings of the 86th Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Annual Meeting, pp. 280-281, March 14-17, 1998, Cleveland, Ohio (Peer Review of Competition Submission, one of eight selected presenters).
  23. Friedman, A., "The Next Home: Responding to the Quiet Revolution in North American Housing," Proceedings of the 1997 Conference of the Energy Efficient Building Association (EEBA), pp. J3-1–J3-8, November 5-8, 1997, Denver, Colorado (Peer Review of Abstract).
  24. Friedman, A., "From the Grow Home to the Next Home: Manifestations at the Heart of Academia," Proceedings of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) International Conference, pp. 93-95, May 31-June 4, 1997, Berlin, Germany (Peer Review of Abstract).
  25. Friedman, A., "Responding to the Quiet Revolution in Housing," 28th Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), p. 177, May 8, 1997, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, Canada (Peer Review of Abstract).
  26. Friedman, A., Drummond, D., Sheppard, A., "The Conversion of Under-used Industrial Buildings to Affordable Housing in Montréal, Canada," Proceedings of the 13th International Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) Conference, pp. 123-128, July 16-18, 1996, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (Full Paper Peer Review; presented by Sheppard).
  27. Friedman, A., Drummond, D., Sheppard, A., "The Fur District: Conversion of Under-used Industrial Buildings to Affordable Housing," Proceedings of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) European Conference, pp. 345-352, May 25-29, 1996, Copenhagen, Denmark (Full Paper Peer Review; presented by Sheppard).
  28. Friedman, A., Drummond, D., Sheppard, A., "The Conversion of Under-used Industrial Buildings to Affordable Housing: The Significance of the Urban Context," Proceedings of the 84th Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Annual Meeting, pp. 417-428, March 12-14, 1996, Boston, Massachusetts (Full Paper Peer Review; Presented by Drummond).
  29. Friedman, A., Cammalleri, V., Archer, J., “Greening the Grow Home,” Proceedings of the 83rd Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Annual Meeting, pp. 417-422, March 18-21, 1995, Seattle, Washington (Full Paper Peer Review).
  30. Pantelopoulos, M., Friedman, A., "Space Management in Montréal's Wartime Homes," Proceedings of the 1994 Conference of the American Association of Housing Educators (AAHE), Mary Ann Sward, Editor, pp. 60-75, October 18-21, 1994, Atlanta, Georgia (Full Paper Peer Review; Presented by Pantelopoulos).
  31. Friedman, A., Trudel, J., “Industrialization of Narrow-Front Rowhousing Using Wall Panel Systems,” Habitat 94 Congress, International Federation for Housing and Planning, No. 43, September 18-23, 1994, Edmonton, Alberta (Peer Review of Abstracts).
  32. Friedman, A., Cammalleri, V., "Reducing Energy, Resources and Construction Waste Through Effective Residential Unit Design," Proceedings of the 1994 Conference of the Energy Efficient Building Association (EEBA), pp. E12-E18, February 23-26, 1994, Fairmount Hotel, Dallas, Texas (Peer Review of Abstract; Received EEBA Travel Grant).
  33. Friedman, A., "Location Preferences Versus Affordability: Trade-Offs of First-Time Home Buyers in Montréal," Proceedings of the 1993 Annual Conference of the American Association of Housing Educators (AAHE), Michael K. Johnson, Editor, pp. 77-88, October 6-9, 1993, Ohio State University, Ohio (Full Paper Peer Review).
  34. Friedman, A., Cammalleri, V., "The Potential for Improved Energy Efficiency in Affordable Housing Through Prefabricated Panel Systems," Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of the Solar Energy Society of Canada and Association Québec Solaire, pp. F11-F15, July 9-13, 1993, Québec, Quebec. Reprinted in SOL, The Journal of the Solar Energy Society of Canada, pp. 9-13, Jan./Feb./Mar. 1994 (Peer Review of Abstract).
  35. Friedman, A., Cammalleri, V., "Implementation of the Grow Home Concept in the Montréal Area," Proceedings of the Ministry of Energy Mines & Resources (EMR) and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Innovative Housing '93 Conference, Vol. 2 (Planning & Design Innovations), pp. 155- 163, June 21-25, 1993, Vancouver, British Columbia (Peer Review of Abstract; Received EMR Travel Grant).
  36. Friedman, A., "Design Principles for Sustainable Development Based on the Grow Home Concept; Recent Projects," Proceedings of the Ministry of Energy Mines & Resources (EMR) and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Innovative Housing '93 Conference, Vol. 2 (Planning & Design Innovations), pp. 178-179, June 21-25, 1993, Vancouver, British Columbia (Peer Review of Abstract).
  37. Friedman, A., Cammalleri, V., "The Potential of Prefabricated Panel Systems in the North American Home Building Industry," Proceedings of the Ministry of Energy Mines & Resources (EMR) and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Innovative Housing '93 Conference, Vol. 3 (Applications and Demonstrations), pp. 335-343, June 21-25, 1993, Vancouver, British Columbia (Peer Review of Abstract).
  38. Friedman, A., "Redefining the Term 'Sustainable,' " Proceedings of the 1993 Conference of Energy Efficient Building Association (EEBA) and Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), Building Solutions, pp. G54-G63, March 3-6, 1993, Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts (Peer Review of Abstract; Received EEBA Travel Grant).
  39. Friedman, A., Cammalleri, V., "Evaluation of Narrow-Front Row Housing Based on the Grow Home," Proceedings of the International Research Symposium on Architecture and Culture, pp. 321-328, September 24-27, 1992, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario (Peer Review of Abstract).
  40. Friedman, A., Trudel, J., "Software for Development and Marketing of Affordable Housing in North America," Proceedings of the International Association for Housing Science (IAHS) World Congress in Housing, pp. 534-544, September 21-25, 1992, University of Central England in Birmingham, Birmingham, England (Peer Review of Abstract).
  41. Friedman, A., Angel, N., "Identifying the Affordable Housing-User Spatial Needs Through Descriptive SocioEconomic Variables," Proceedings of the 1992 Annual Conference of the American Association of Housing Educators (AAHE), Julia O. Beamish, Editor, pp. 79-92, September 1992, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba (Full Paper Peer Review).
  42. Friedman, A., Cammalleri, V., "Innovation and Affordable Housing: Evaluation of Grow Home Projects in Montréal," 5th International Research Conference on Housing, p. 193, July 7-10, 1992, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, Quebec (Peer Review of Abstract).
  43. Friedman, A., "Prefabrication vs. Conventional Construction in Single Family Wood Frame Housing," Poster Book/Proceedings of the International Council for Building Research Studies and Documentation (CIB) '92 World Building Congress, Tome 2, pp. 584-585, May 18-22, 1992, Montréal, Quebec (Peer Review of Abstract; Poster).
  44. Friedman, A., Medek, L., "Evaluation of Existing CAD Programs Used by Clients in Housing Design and Marketing." Proceedings of the Joint CIB Workshops on Computers and Information in Construction, International Council for Building Research Studies and Documentation (CIB) '92 World Building Congress, No. 165, pp. 206-214, May 18, 1992, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec (Peer Review of Abstract).
  45. Friedman, A., "Guidelines for the Design of Energy-Efficient Affordable Homes," Proceedings of the 1992 10th Anniversary Meeting of Energy Efficient Building Association (EEBA), pp. 34-40, March 4-7, 1992, Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, North Carolina (Peer Review of Abstract).
  46. Friedman, A., "Evaluating the Grow Home," Proceedings of the 1991 Annual Conference of the American Association of Housing Educators (AAHE), pp. 64-72, October 1991, New England Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire (Full Paper Peer Review).
  47. Friedman, A., "The Grow Home: Design Strategies for Low-Energy Consumption - A Case Study," Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the Solar Energy Society of Canada, pp. 93-98, July 1991, Victoria College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario (Peer Review of Abstract).
  48. Friedman, A., "Design/Decision Making Model for Flexibility," Proceedings of the Sixth Canadian Construction Congress, National Research Council (NRC)/Canadian Construction Research Board, pp. 249- 262, December 1990, Toronto, Ontario (Finalist in Full Paper Peer Review Competition Submission).

PUBLISHED BOOKS

Friedman, A., The Grow Home, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montréal, 2001 (208 pp.).

In The Grow Home, Avi Friedman recounts the genesis and development of this innovative project. Like the auto industry’s approach to the economy car, Friedman’s Grow Home gives people what they need in a house at an affordable price - a quality product that allows both the perimeter and interior of a house to be expanded and changed to fit the space needs and budget of its owners. Frills are extra.

Friedman, A., et al., Planning the New Suburbia; Flexibility by Design, UBC Press, Vancouver, 2001 (224 pp.).

Avi Friedman surveys the evolution of urban planning, the history of “ideal” communities, the development of North American suburbs, and the theory behind flexible suburban design. Three case studies offer practical examples of his approach, and all are generously illustrated with drawings, plans, and photographs to demonstrate Friedman’s ideas in action. Rather than dismissing a suburb as an unattractive, impersonal sprawl, Friedman shows how they can be modified into affordable, sustainable, and adaptable communities.

Friedman, A., Krawitz, D., Peeking Through The Keyhole; the Evolution of the North American Home, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montréal, 2002 (212 pp.).

In Peeking Through the Keyhole, the authors guide the reader through trends and changes that have influenced design and construction over the last fifty years and describe their impact on home life. The ideological spine - the thesis - of the book is that the home is no longer a product of pure design ideas but rather a response to many factors and forces beyond the control of designers, builders, and users.

Friedman, A., The Adaptable House; Designing Homes for Change; McGraw-Hill, New York, 2002 (271 pp.).

The Adaptable House provides specific design approaches and techniques that facilitate flexible design - both on the inside and out. These principles make it simple to alter a dwelling’s layout, demolish partitions or build new ones, upgrade heating systems, and change the locations of staircases. The Adaptable House is divided into three sections: the first sets the stage for adaptability, the second outlines relevant design principles, and the last shows their actual application in a variety of projects with detailed coverage of interior layouts and room configurations, exterior elements such as roofs and facades, new building materials and methods, easy add-ons and remodels, and single-family and multiple dwelling houses.

Friedman, A., Room for Thought: Rethinking Home and Community Design, Penguin Canada, Toronto, 2005 (238 pp.).

The book is a collection of essays on home design and neighbourhood planning. Each essay explores and traces historical roots and casts a new light for their better understanding. The essays have been assembled in four parts. The first touches on domestic issues and centres on the home. Next, the neighbourhood and the city are visited and described. The technical working of homes are looked at next, and the author’s personal endeavours as an architect, homeowner and parent conclude the collection.

Revised edition, republished as A View from the Porch;Rethinking Home and Community Design, Véhicule Press, Montreal, 2015 (240 pp.).

Friedman, A., Homes Within Reach: A Guide to the Planning, Design and Construction of Affordable Homes and Communities, John Wiley & Sons Inc., New Jersey, 2005 (279 pp.).

The book is a step-by-step guide to the various phases of community and home design. Following an introductory chapter that outlines fundamental definitions and principles, the book deals with site selection, forms and prototypes of dwellings, their interior design and construction. Other chapters tackle lot configuration, circulation and infrastructure, open spaces and infill projects. The final chapter describes and illustrates 5 projects where a range of aspects have been discussed and analyzed. The book contains over 200 images and illustrations as well as guides to developers, designers and planners of affordable housing.

Friedman, A., Sustainable Residential Development: Planning and Design Principles Design Principles for Green Neighborhoods, McGraw Hill, NY, 2007 (288 pp.).

Global warming, depletion of non-renewable resources, and urban sprawl have become global challenges. Decades of inconsiderate planning and poor building practices have done little to reverse course in the built residential environment. Designing to sustain present needs, while considering the needs of future generations is the thrust of this book, which offers historical roots, principles and projects that demonstrate them. The scope of sustainability encompasses conceptions, processes and, once built, the life cycle of communities and homes. Each chapter deals with a stage, from selecting a site while respecting its natural conditions, siting a development, planning for a density community, designing “green” homes, refitting neighbourhoods and dwellings when they age, and finally implementing it all.

Friedman, A., A Place in Mind: The Search for Authenticity. Véhicule Press, Montreal, 2010 (198 pp.).

(Canadian Edition) A Place in Mind is the result of Avi Friedman’s worldwide quest for successful environments where people congregate and feel comfortable. Whether he writes of the conviviality of a teahouse in Istanbul; the public art of Nunavut’s capital, Iqaluit; the serenity of Assisi; the crowded streets of Hong Kong, the squatter settlements of Tijuana, or the architectural harmony of neighbourhoods in London and Amsterdam, Avi conveys his excitement at discovering people-friendly places.

Friedman, A., A Place in Mind Designing Cities for the 21st Century Véhicule Press, Montreal, 2016 (223 pp.). (Updated and expanded Canadian Edition)

Friedman, A. The Nature of Place: A Search for Authenticity. Princeton Architectural Press, New York, 2011 (191 pp.).

(Edited and illustrated world edition of A Place in Mind.)

Friedman, A., Narrow Houses: New Directions in Efficient Design, Princeton Architectural Press, New York, 2010 (240 pp.).

Narrow Houses presents a thorough overview of the practical considerations of designing a narrow-front home, including siting, floor arrangements, footprint, and interior and exterior finishing. The book documents twentyeight innovative examples of narrow houses from around the world, designed by today’s foremost architects. Project data, including floor plans and extensive interior and exterior photography demonstrate the inherent flexibility of this housing model and the many possibilities for adapting these homes to the constraints of site, climate, budget, family size, and other needs.

Friedman, A., Decision Making for Flexibility in Housing, The Urban International Press, Gateshead, U.K., 2011 (136 pp.).

In the book, award-winning architect and professor Avi Friedman offers an approach to decision-making for flexibility in residential design. The author guides the reader through a series of steps whose outcome helps identify users’ needs, to which architects and builders can fit a proper level of flexibility. The book is illustrated by case studies which apply those methods to “real world” residential projects.

Friedman, A., Town and Terraced Housing: For Affordability and Sustainability, Routledge, London, UK, 2011 (262 pp.).

Friedman uses a systematic approach to cover the many facets of townhouses from interior design and construction methods, to urban planning issues like adjusting to the site’s natural conditions, street configurations and open spaces. This approach creates a book which will be a valuable resource for those involved in the planning, design and creation of terraces and townhouses. Over 150 detailed diagrams and plans, and 80 photos, illustrate the essential elements of this style of housing. In the final chapter, lessons learned throughout the book are drawn together in ten wide-ranging case study projects, showing how the various aspects can be put into practice.

Friedman, A., Fundamentals of Sustainable Dwellings. Island Press, Washington, DC, 2012 (255 pp.)

Fundamentals of Sustainable Dwellings is a practical guide for every professional in the burgeoning field of residential green building. Friedman presents a concise overview of green building principles and examines critical aspects of green home construction, from siting to waste management options, and shows how they have been applied in contemporary projects.

Friedman, A., Inspired Houses: Architecture for Changing Times, Images Publishing, Victoria, Australia, 2013 (208 pp.).

This book is about architectural challenges, solutions and their implementation by way of invention and innovation. Each chapter comprises an illustrated essay and is accompanied by a selection of award-winning homes designed by some of the leading international architects around today. Each project features lavish full-colour photography, detailed floor plans and informative descriptions of each project and the motivation behind the design.

Friedman, A., Innovative Houses: Concepts for Sustainable Living, Laurence King Publishing, London, UK, 2013 (256 pp.).

This book examines the latest residential design trends that have arisen in response to these challenges. Divided into four broad areas, tightly focused thematic chapters look at twenty topics such as live/work; adaptable housing; prefabrication; water efficiency; green roofs; and innovative landscaping. Each chapter includes an overview that lays out principles, methods and practices, and a close look houses that embrace these.

Friedman, A., Planning Small and Mid-Sized Towns: Designing and Retrofitting for Sustainability, Routledge, New York, NY, 2014 (225 pp.).

Small and mid-sized suburban towns house two-thirds of the world’s population and current modes of planning for these municipalities are facing challenges of both philosophy and form. Common approaches that have prevailed in past decades no longer sustain new demands and require innovative thinking. Rather than dismissing small and mid-sized towns as unattractive suburban sprawl, Planning Small and Mid-Sized Towns offers ideas and methods on how small isolated and edge towns can be designed and retooled into sustainable, affordable, and adaptable communities.

Friedman, A., Fundamentals of Sustainable Neighbourhoods, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, 2015 (178 pp.).

This book introduces architects, engineers, builders, and urban planners to a range of design principles of sustainable com munities and illustrates them with outstanding case studies. Drawing on the author’s experience as well as local and international case studies, Fundamentals of Sustainable Neighbourhoods presents planning concepts that minimize developments’ carbon footprint through compact communities, adaptable and expandable dwellings, adaptable landscapes, and smaller-sized yet quality-designed housing.

Friedman, A., Sustainable: Houses with Small Footprints. Rizzoli, New York, 2015 (336 pp.).

Sustainable: Houses with Small Footprints argues that we can indeed detach our dwellings from a dependence on many external systems and resources and adopt other building practices. What is known as living off the grid is possible, and Sustainable presents forty-five houses that demonstrate how architects use sustainable design concepts around the world. Among the examples presented here are buildings that minimize their physical footprint through placement above ground; houses where earth constitutes the chief building material and houses incorporating walls with plant material in the building’s interior (also known as “living walls”); designs that increase natural light and avoid artificial means of illumination; dwellings that have been designed to let occupants grow their food (“indoor farming”); homes that allow their inhabitants to harvest and recycle water; and earth-sheltered homes.

Friedman, A., Innovative Student Residences, Images Publishing, Victoria, Australia, 2016 (206 pp.).

Current design models of student residences are facing challenges of both philosophy and form. Past approaches no longer sustain new demands and require innovative thinking. The need for a new outlook is propelled by fundamental changes that touch upon environmental, economic and social factors. Thinking innovatively about university student accommodation led to the idea to write Innovative Student Residences: New Directions in Sustainable Design. The author, Professor Avi Friedman, offers a fascinating insight into contemporary design concepts and illustrates them with outstanding examples, showcased by full-color photography and detailed plans.

Friedman, A., Designing Sustainable Communities, Bloomsbury PLC: London, UK, 2017 (216 pp.).

Innovation in planning is essential to dealing with the challenges society currently faces, from urban sprawl to climate change. In this book, Avi Friedman looks at both new and revived sustainable strategies at a neighborhood level to explore options for both rehabilitating older communities as well as options for those projects being designed from scratch. The book takes a holistic approach to sustainable community design, covering aspects such as: Transportation, and how to avoid reliance on private vehicles, ecological, psychological and economic values of open spaces, neighborhood resilience and health, affordability and energy consumption. Information from designers of sustainable communities provides first-hand insight into their development. Outstanding illustrated case studies from communities throughout the world add depth and insight into this important subject.

Friedman, A., Innovative Apartment Buildings: New Directions in Sustainable Design, Edition Axel Menges GmbH:Fellbach, Germany, 2017 (188 pp.).

Current design of apartment buildings is facing challenges of philosophy and form. Past approaches no longer sustain new demands and require innovative thinking. The need for a new outlook is propelled by fundamental changes that touch upon environmental, economic, cultural and social aspects that led to the writing of this book. The book offers information on contemporary design concepts of apartment buildings and illustrates them with plans and photographs of outstanding international examples. Subjects covered in the book are net-zero buildings, mixed-use buildings , innovative outdoor areas and meeting spaces ,converting old structures to contemporary residential use, unique building methods and materials ,buildings with sustainable technologies , designing for live-work arrangements and flexible interiors and micro units.

Friedman, A., Neighborhood; Designing a Livable Community. Véhicule Press, Montreal, (Due 2018)

In Neighborhood; Designing a Livable Community Avi Friedman, an architecture professor, designer and an author, describes his planning of a neighborhood in a rural Canadian municipality in southern Ontario. More than a recollection of a process, the book is about the points where design touches life and the big and small things that make us appreciate communities and homes. He brings forward the thoughts and the facts that guided his work and recall unique places he visited close to home and afar that left an impression.

Friedman, A., Smart Homes and Communities, Images Publishing, Victoria, Australia (Due 2018).

Social challenges are drawing the attention of designers, builders and homeowners. As the “baby-boom” generation plans for retirement, housing an elderly population will take priority. Walkable communities, aging in Place and multigenerational living are some of the concepts considered. In addition, live-work environments have become part of the economic reality for those who wish to work from home – which has become possible through digital advances. The need to think innovatively about neighbourhoods led to the idea to write this book. The intention was to offer information on contemporary community design concepts and illustrate them with outstanding international examples.

 

 

RESEARCH INTEREST

Dr. Friedman’s research interests focus on factors which influence the design and implementation of affordable and sustainable building practices at the unit and community levels, including market acceptance, construction, and resource efficiency.

HONORS AND AWARDS

2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, Sustainable Buildings Canada

2010 Finalist, Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction for a Place in Mind, Quebec Writers’ Federation Literary Awards

2010 Selected Best Practice in the Dubai International Competition, United Nationals Habitat for The Grow Home

2010 Environmental Sustainability Award, Northwest Regional Construction Awards for Country and Grizedale Eco-Residence in Lancaster University, UK (With the GWP Architects)

2009 Appointed Honorary Professor, Lancaster University, UK

2006 Winning paper, ACSA Affordable Housing Conference, Competition (8 selected out of 67)

2004 Received Key of the City of Lethbridge for contribution to the city’s urban renewal

2004 Collaborative Practice Award, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) (With L. Pretty)

2003 Ontario Heritage Foundation Community Achievement (with Charlebois and Lefeaver)

2003 Recognition by the City of Cornwall for Contribution to City’s Urban Renewal

2003 Collaborative Practice Award, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) (With L. Pretty)

2002 Collaborative Practice Award, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

2001 Best Paper Presentation, Canadian Institute of Planners Annual Meeting (with Bedford and Charlebois)

2000 Prix d’excellence, Ordre des architectes du Québec (with L’OEUF, Pearl/Poddubiuk Architects)

2000 Award of Distinction, Manning Innovation Awards

2000 Recognition by CMHC Chairman of Board of Directors of Contribution to Canadian Housing

1999 Ministerial Recognition for World Habitat Award, Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ)

1999 Creative Achievement Award, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

1998 World Habitat Award, Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF)

1998 Grand Prix de l'exportation (Secteur construction), Martin International

1998 Education Honors Program (Recognition), American Institute of Architects (AIA)

1998 Prix J.-Armand-Bombardier de l'Association canadienne-française pour l'avancement des sciences (ACFAS), for Technological Innovation

1998 Collaborative Practice Award (Honorable Mention), ACSA

1997 Education Honors Program (Recognition), AIA

1997 The Wenger Family Academic Fellowship, Canadian Technion Society

1997 FlexHousing National Design Competition Award of Merit, Phase II (National), Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

1996 FlexHousing National Design Competition Winner, Phase I (Quebec Region), CMHC

1996 Silver Medal for Best Special Event (Open House '96), Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE)

1994 Annual Research Award, Progressive Architecture/AIA/ACSA

1994 Education Honors (Honorable Mention), AIA

1994 Winning Article, Walter Wagner Education Forum, AIA

1992 Construction Materials and Technology Institute Fellowship, ACSA

1990 Finalist, Competition for Innovative Ideas in Construction Research in Canada (National Research Council, Canada)