David Bergman was a teenage environmentalist in the seventies, received degrees in architecture and economics and became an architect in the eighties, but then got sidetracked from environmentalism until the early nineties when he found it had become possible to do ecodesign that didn't look like it belonged in the sixties.
These days his” elevator pitch” requires a lot of floors. He’s an architect, with a NYC-based practice, an eco product designer, author and educator. Though he once vowed he’d never be an academic, he’s nonetheless been teaching sustainable design at Parsons the New School for Design and elsewhere for nearly twenty years. His book, Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide (Princeton Architectural Press), came out last year.
In recent years, his work has expanded into the intersection of (eco)design, economics and policy Through his teaching, talks and his blog, EcoOptimism, he explores the synergistic, win-win solutions to our concurrent ecological and economic problems: the solutions that lead us not just to sustainability, but to flourishing.