Chris Magwood is obsessed with making the best, most energy efficient, beautiful and inspiring buildings without wrecking the whole darn planet in the attempt. He is a founding director of The Endeavour Centre, where he brings this passion to life.
He co-founded “Camel’s Back Construction”, and over eight years helped to design and/or build around 20 homes and a few commercial buildings, mostly with straw bales and often with renewable energy systems.
During this time, he co-authored three books on straw bale construction: Straw Bale Building, More Straw Bale Building and Straw Bale Details. He was also the editor of The Last Straw Journal, an international quarterly of straw bale and natural building. He has contributed articles to numerous publications (including Mother Earth News, Harrowsmith, Home Power, and others) on topics related to sustainable building.
In 2005, he designed and started the Sustainable Building Design and Construction program at Fleming College. As the lead instructor for the program, he undertook innovative building projects with his students, creating some of the most exciting, sustainable buildings in Canada. In 2010, he introduced the Sustainable Renovations program at the college.
He now brings this experience and passion to his role as curriculum developer and instructor at Endeavour. He loves working with learners and collaborating with professionals and newcomers alike to create remarkable buildings and communities.
Chris was awarded the 2008 Excellence in Education Award by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). He was named a Canadian Eco-Hero by Harrowsmith Magazine. He has won numerous design and teaching awards, including a Home Sweet Home Award for Affordable Housing.
Chris is an active speaker and workshop instructor in Canada and internationally.
In 2012, Chris’ new book, Making Better Buildings: A Comparative Guide to Sustainable Construction for Homeowners and Contractors was released.