David Bergman, R.A., LEED AP, CPHD
Writing, Exhibits, Awards and Selected Publications


Exhibits & Awards

Boards & Associations


David's EcoOptimism blog

author, Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide, Princeton Architectural Press, 2012

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Princeton Architectural Press

Co-author and editor, Sustainability Districts for NYC: Building an Equitable and Resilient Future, 2015

"Spurning SPURA," a critique of Lower East Side development plans, The Achitect's Newspaper, Sept 27, 2012

"Beyond energy savings: How green buildings can cut labor costs," Greenbiz.com, Sept 12, 2012

"A View on Encouraging the Use of New Light Sources and Performance," Home Lighting & Accessories, May 2012

"Say Watt," on Traditional Home Editors' Blog (April 16, 2012)

Op-Ed article opposing Big Box development in the Lower East Side (Mar 16, 2012)

U.S. Green Building Council's Green Home Guide, blogger and "Ask A Pro" contributor, 2007 - present:

July 2012: Which medium base LEDs can be used in enclosed ceiling fixtures?
July 2012: Does using a ceiling fan save money?
Apr 2012: Would hallway lighting that uses motion sensors reduce costs in a 288 unit coop?
Mar 2012: Linoleum vs Vinyl, and where do I get it?
Feb 2012: Are there any high efficacy luminaires that are 100% American made?
Jan 2012: How do I make sure a residential condominium has good and proper lighting?
Nov 2011: I want to buy my granddaughter a wooden doll chest. I am considering one handmade from a veneer called luan. Should I be concerned?
Oct 2011: I would like to cover recessed lighting with fiberglass insulation but am concerned with fire hazards and building code requirements.
Oct 2011: I broke one of those twisty lightbulbs. I read that this means my home is mercury contaminated. True?
Sept 2011: I want to install a chandelier in a bathroom. Do I need to take extra steps to ensure it won't be damaged by moisture?
Aug 2011: Is bamboo really better than FSC wood flooring? I've heard bamboo uses a lot of glue to keep it together and even eco glue sounds scary!
Aug 2011: Are there efficient alternatives to halogen track lighting?
July 2011: I would like to build a "green" home on property I own outside the United States. Any suggestions on where to start?
June 2011: How can I find out how much energy my refrigerator uses?
May 2011: What is the most eco-friendly countertop and flooring for a house?
May 2011: What type of light bulbs should I use? I'm looking for ways to reduce the energy I use for lighting (without resorting to candles!)
Apr 2011: What's the difference between Energy Star and an Energy Star Home?
Feb 2011: Our tiny bathroom is in dire need of an eco renovation. What are some things to keep in mind for this upcoming venture?
Jan 2011: I'd really like to find an LED light that fits in a GU24 base that I can use in a sconce or an overhead.
Jan 2011: What is the greenest dimming light bulb?
Oct 2010: Do Energy Star product ratings take into account product lifespan and the environmental impact of planned obsolescence?
Sept 2010 (blog post): Did I kill the party?
Sept 2010: How energy efficient are "Xenon" halogen bulbs in light fixtures?
Aug 2010: We are considering buying vinyl flooring with Scotchgard by 3M. Is it safe?
July 2010: When does MDF offgas? When the heat is on in the winter or throughout all seasons?
June 2010: I am wondering about reconstituted wood. Am redoing a kitchen and want greener options for cabinets/flooring. Is recon green?
May 2010: I have heard that if you turn a light on and off frequently you shouldn't use a fluorescent bulb. Is this true of compact fluorescents?
Apr 2010: Are there CFLs or other energy-saving light bulbs that work on a dimmer-regulated light fixture?
Mar 2010: Is cork flooring really a green product? It seems fairly accepted that it's a renewable raw material, but is the final product really green?
Feb 2010: Will a water tank before my hot water heater help keep my hot water hotter longer?
Jan 2010: I am just starting to design a home and want to incorporate green elements. Do I start now or wait until I start working with a builder?
Oct 2007: Are old appliances green because we are reusing, or not green because they are not Energy Star?
Oct 2007: I want energy efficient lighting, but hate the cold light of fluorescents. Can you help?
Oct 2007: Tankless water heaters: electric or gas?

columnist, Going Green Blog, DIY Network:

Oct 2007: My (Green) House is Your (Green) House
Oct 2007: Let There Be Light But Let It Be Green
Nov 2007: Size Matters
Nov 2007: Crying for joy... or how some insulation nearly made me miss a wedding
Dec 2007: Should your wood shop become a “grass shop?”
Dec 2007: Honey, I shrunk the hot water heater


"Cities in Nature/Nature in Cities," 2nd Sustainable Design and Building Encounter, Mexico City, 2013 & 2014
"Green Design as (Un)usual,"
Van Alen Institute, July 7, 2012
"Transparent Green, or the end of green design," D&D Building, May 22, 2008, NYC
"Green Criteria for Materials Selection," webinar, Design Arts Seminars 2010
"Green Design: To Sustainability and Beyond," Design Arts Seminars, 2008 - 2015
"Transparent Green," Greenopia, NY Edition, 2007
ansparent Green," Lipman World Jan 30, 2007, www.lipmanworld.com
"Notes on Sustainability," from Echo:, proceedings of HearSAY, 10 Conversations on Design, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 7-9, 2002
"Let There Be Light, But Let It Be Green," SFMart, Sept. 19, 2007
The Lazy Environmentalist, frequent guest
"Green Interiors: Fun with Furniture," GreenHomeNYC, July 19, 2006
"Let There Be Light, But Let It Be Green," NYC Green Building Salon, June 8, 2006
"Sustainable Lighting for Living Spaces," D&D Building, NYC, April 11, 2006
"Sustainable/ECO Design for the Future for Residential Lighting," DLF/New England, Boston, Jan. 18, 2006
"Transparent Green," 2005. Also published at Sallan.org Snapshot, Jan. 2006.
"Maintreaming Sustainable Design," IDSA NE Conference, April 8, 2005
"Eco-aware Urban Architecture and Design," moderator, Eco-Metropolis, Nov. 2004
"The Educator's Crash Course on Eco-design," First offered at Parsons School of Design, Sept. 2003
"Sustainable Lighting: Beyond Energy," presentation at IES/NY, April 2003
"Assignment: Green," co-curator, exhibit at Municipal Art Society, Spring 2003
"Turning Green," presentation at Municipal Art Society, April, 2001.
Architectural Lighting, March 2002. Article by Bergman: "What's in a Name?"
"By Design," Edifice Rex/At Home, monthly columnist, www.edificerex.com, 2001
Architectural Lighting, July 1999. Article by Bergman: "CFLs: New Technology Needs New Solutions."
Visual Seltzer, co-editor and co-founder


Architectural Record, "Exhibitions," May 2003.
"Residential Products," Jan. 2001
Green Products, August 1999.
December 1998
"Lighting Observations: Creative Uses," Feb. 1997.
Architecture, April, 1996.
Traditional Home, "Brotherly Advice," April 2008
Residential Architect, "Energy Stars," Nov/Dec 2005.
April 2002.
"Light Show," Jan/Feb 2002.
Building Products, "Home Tech: Bright Ideas," Sept/Oct 2001.
"Shine On," July/August 2000.
Custom Home, "Last Detail," Jan/Feb 2006
March 2002.
May/June 2001.
December 1998
Oculus, "Architects' Furniture," Apr 97.

Kitchen & Bath Business, "Profile: David Bergman, David Bergman Architects," November 2008.
Dwell, "Lighting 101," December 2001.
Interior Design,"ecoproducts," October 2004,
Fall Market, November 2002.
Fall Market, November 2001.
Spring Market, May 2001.
Fall Market, October 2000.
Fall Market , October 1998
"School Supplies," August 1999
Interiors, May 1997.
HG, "Elements," March, 1993.
Home Style, Summer 2001.
VM+SD, April 2001.
1999 Int'l. Store Design Competition, Feb 2000.
"Eco Chic," July 1999. July 1997.
April 1996. "Events,"
August 1994.
August 1993.
Luxury Kitchens and Baths, Fall 2000.
Home Magazine, "Cool Lighting," October 2000
Fine Furnishings International, "Lighting the Way," Summer 2003
"Surface Tension," July/Aug 2001.
July 2000.
August 1999
Array, "Going Green," Spring 2005
ICFF Directory, "Design Inspiration," 1994.
Better Homes and Gardens/Remodelling, "Real Life Design," Dec/Jan 2004.
Design Times, December 1998/January 1999
Display & Design Ideas, November 1998
Design Journal, July 1998
Asian Furniture News, "Brilliant Illumination," Sept/Oct. 97.


The Organic Mechanic, "Artist Spotlight: David Bergman, Architect and Lighting Designer," August 2008
Plenty, "Questions for a Green Designer," Dec/Jan 2005
Natural Home,
"Accidental Environmentalists," Nov/Dec 2006
"Light It Up," Jan/Feb 2000 "
The Light Stuff," Jan/Feb 2001.
Treehugger.com, January 2006, March 2005, October 2004
The Green Guide, "Top Product Picks," Nov/Dec 2005
Built Green, guest speaker, Sept 15, 2005
GreenBuilding Products, March 2006
Smart HomeOwner, "Urban Green," Nov/Dec 2006
Greenroofs.com, "Sky Gardens," Sept 2003.
In business, "Looking Through a Glass Brightly,"
BioCycle, "Spotlight on Glass Recycling Innovators," July 2000.
Environmental Building News, May 1999
Environmental Design & Construction, May/June 1999

Architectural Lighting, "Into the Limelight: Manufacturers Go Green," Nov/Dec 2005
March 2002. Article by Bergman: "What's in a Name?"
Article by Bergman, July 1999: "CFLs: New Technology Needs New Solutions."
1999 Market Issue
Spring Product Issue (cover), Spring 1997.
April/May 1995.
Architectural Record Lighting, "Decorative Lighting," Sept. 1996.
August 1993.
Residential Lighting, "LEDs Now- Final Frontier," February 2009
"Bright Lights, Big City," July ‘05
July 2001.
May 2001.
"Modern Scene," July 1998
"Now!," May 1997.
September 1995.
May 29, 1995
June 12, 1995.
Home Lighting & Accessories, "Lighting for Tomorrow is Here Today," July 2003.
"Contemporary Takes a Turn," September 2001.
December 1999
"Lighting Designs that Steal the Show," Oct 1998.
"All Eyes Are On ICFF," August, 1997.
"The Cutting Edge of Contemporary," May 1997.
May 1995.
August 1994.
Lighting.com, "David Bergman: 'Eco' Lighting Gaining Ground," January 2005,
HL&A Contract Lighting, "Lighting Among the Treetops,"
Winter 2001.
"The Art of Zen (Lighting),"Summer 2001.
Lighting Dimensions, "A Light Grows in Manhattan," June 1999
Lighting 2000, by Tina Skinner (2000, Schiffer Books)
Creative Lighting, by Wanda Jankowski (PBC International, 1997)

The New York Times, "Consumed," Nov 5, 2006
"Room for Improvement," Oct 19, 2006
"The Memorial Roads Not Taken," February 1, 2004
"Currents," Dec. 7, 2000.
"Currents," November 12, 1992.
"Style Makers," Feb. 17, 1991.
The Boston Globe, "It's Not Easy Being Green, But It's Getting Easier," May 18, 2006
The New York Post, "It's Easy Being Green," April 9, 2005
I.D., "Practice," February 2003.
"New & Notable," February 2002.
Metropolis, "refurnishings," September 1996
Wallpaper*, In House/News, April 2001.
Time Out New York, "Eco-friendly Home Design: Renewed and Improved," Nov 3, 2005
"Waste Management," April 17-24, 2003
The New York Observer, "Manhattan Modern" in "The Home Observer," Sept 1996.
AP, "Showcase Weddings," December 1997.
"Eat Off a Sidewalk Grating, Sit on...," June 1993.
Also in "The Advocate," and "The Vancouver Sun."
Beautiful New Homes, "Trend Set," Summer 2002.
Remodeling Ideas, "Eco-Friendly Finds," April/May 2005
NY 1 News, "Made in New York," May 18, 1993.
Möbelmarkt, "Design -- möglichst mit Holz-Appeal," August 8, 2000.
Manhattan User's Guide
, February 2000.
August 1994.
WPHT, "Talking About Your Home," guest speaker, Dec 15, 1999.
Giftware News, October 1996
Mountain Living, "Highlights," Nov/Dec 2001.
Wohnen, lighting issue, April, 1996.
Bride's, April/May 1994.
Pronto, "Micro-Architecture for Your Home," June 1991.

"Design Evolution," The Green Network, Feb 28.2009
"Renovation Nation," Discovery Planet Green, June 6, 2008
"Fifty Ways to Go Green," NBC News, April 2008
The Lazy Environmentalist, Lime Radio, frequent guest
Livin' the Green Life, guest, Dec 14, 2006



2008 HC&G IdeaHouse, July/Aug 2008.
and GreenHomeNY tours, Oct. 2006.
Lighting for Tomorrow, Honorable Mentions, 2005
California Energy Commission ENERGY STAR® Residential Light Fixture Advancement Project, grant recipient, 2003.
Lighting for Tomorrow, Honorable Mention, 2003.
Core 77, "Best of Lighting," 2001 ICFF.
IDRA (International Design Resource Awards), Award Winner, 2000.
Residential Lighting "Top 100 Products of 2000"
"The 2000 Objects for the New Millenium," Gallery 91, New York, July-Sept 2000.
Riverstrip Showhouse, Upper Nyack, NY 2000.
"Celebrate NY Design!", October 1999
Design Journal, "Best of Show," 1999 ICFF
Residential Lighting "Top 100 Products of 1998"
World Studio Foundation Benefit Auction, November 1998
IDRA (International Design Resource Awards), Second Place, 1998.
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum annual gala auction, NY, Feb. 1997, June 1998, June 1999.
Furniture New York , Annual Exhibit, November 1998
AIA NY Chapter, "Glamorous Green," Materials Connexion, NY, November 1997.
Gallery: Function Art, "Eclectic Electric," New Pontiac, MI, February 1997.
San Francisco Jewish Museum, "Light Interpretations," October 1995.
Stimuli, New York, 1994.
Limn Gallery, San Francisco, 1993.
Barbara-Gibson Gallery, Nyack, NY, 1992.
Venice Family Clinic Designhouse, Venice, CA, 1992.
Nyack Riverhouse, Upper Nyack, NY 1992.
Parrish Art Museum "Design Biennial," Southampton, NY, 1991.
Reweaving the Urban Fabric: International Approaches to Infill Housing. Competition entry published, Princeton Architectural Press, 1989.
In the Neoclassical Style. Project with Redroof Design published, Running Heads Inc., 1988.
"Architecture: Practice and Pedagogy." Shown in New York (National Academy of Design), Boston and Syracuse, 1979-1980. Catalog published, 1980.
Illinois Institute of Technology, national exhibit of student projects, 1978.


NYC 2030 District, Executive Board and Communications Committee
Designers Lighting Forum of New York, Executive Board member
Yale Blue Green, Founder, Co-chair of NYC branch
Furniture New York, past president, current treasurer

, founding board member
Greenopia, NYC Advisory Council
Traditional Home, Green Advisory Panel



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