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Ben Uyeda

How do you design for people who can’t afford to hire you? That is the question that led Ben Uyeda to step away from a prestigious Ivy League teaching position and stop designing multi-million dollar homes for the architecture firm he co-founded to start designing, building, and sharing architectural DIY projects on YouTube - for free.

For the past five years, Ben has given away his best ideas for sustainable and affordable housing and home projects to millions of viewers every month. His designs and ideas have reached over 100 million people, been built on six different continents, and inspired countless new businesses. Ben combines museum-quality design with the modern sensibilities: he has been featured in numerous design publications and exhibited at the Vitra Furniture Museum in Germany, yet primarily distributes his ideas about affordable design and sustainability through social media platforms to his over 2 million followers. In addition to collaborating with some of the biggest brands in the home and design spaces, Ben also serves as a formal advisor to companies focused on American manufacturing, sustainable furniture, artificial intelligence, and digital media.