Ben Uyeda is a designer, lecturer, and entrepreneur focused on the field of sustainable design. Ben is the founder of FreeGreen.com HomeMade Modern and ZeroEnergy Design
Ben received both his B.Arch. and his Master of Architecture from Cornell University. After graduating in 2005 Ben was hired as a visiting lecturer at Cornell where he created an original curriculum for teaching sustainable design that emphasized the importance of critically understanding contemporary media and popular culture when trying to implement environmentally progressive technologies.
In 2006 Ben founded ZeroEnergy Design (ZED) a multi disciplinary firm that specializes in ecologically conscious housing. ZED’s work has been published in numerous publications including Architectural Record, Popular Mechanics, Design New England, and Boston Home.
In 2008 Ben founded FreeGreen.com a web based media company that distributes green home designs over the Internet. By 2009 FreeGreen had become the largest supplier of home designs in the world and was recognized By I.D. Magazine in its annual I.D. 40 issue as one of the 40 projects/people that is transforming the world. FreeGreen’s innovative business model has been discussed in numerous publications including: The New York Times, Architectural Record, and Fast Company.
In 2010 Ben lead a team that won the U.S. Green Building Council’s Natural Talent Design Competition by creating affordable green home designs for New Orleans’ Broadmoor neighborhood.