Herb Auerbach is a real estate development consultant with Auerbach Advisors Ltd. Since graduating from Pratt Institute in New York in 1953, he has been involved in the field of architecture and real estate development consulting throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. He has been a part of many high-profile projects in the real estate and planning industry. Following his role as resident architect on Montreal’s famous Place Ville Marie, Herb joined Concordia Estates, the developers of Place Bonaventure, La Cité in Montreal and Hotel de la Concorde in Quebec City.
Auerbach was president of Descon/Concordia, a joint venture he created that was the only non-American firm to be selected by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to develop and construct “system-built” housing for their Operations Breakthrough Program. He also had an integral role with Devencore Realty and created Devencore Real Estate Consulting Services, where he helped create such projects as 90 Wellington Street in Toronto, Mercantile Place and the World Trade Centre in Montreal. He established Strong Western Advisors Ltd., where projects included conceptualizing and developing a highest and best-use scenario and disposition plan for 1,000 acres on Burnaby Mountain for SFU and 3,000 acres of land on Gabriola Island.
Auerbach is a member of Lambda Alpha International (an honourary land economics society). He served on the advisory board to the president of the University of Northern British Columbia, and is a past member of the Urban Institute and the Urban Land Institute. In addition, he is a life governor of the National Theatre School of Canada and is the founding director of the Bill Reid Foundation.