About the MA Program

We are proud to announce our newest MA in Sustainable Design graduates:  Annika Bergen and Ellie Cotlar! These MASD students graduated Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Annika Bergen’s thesis was titled: Wedding Venue Sustainability: Reducing the Environmental Impacts of Weddings Through the Creation of an Eco-Wedding Association and Venue Sustainability Certification (Advisor: Holly Robbins)

Ellie Cotlar’s thesis was titled: Defining Sustainability in Fashion (Advisor: Holly Robbins)

Like many of our students, these two completed their MA while working full time and managing big life changes.  We look forward to seeing the things that you do, the places that you go, and the impacts that you will have. 

You can  learn more about them and their work on the Alumni page of this blog.

Denise DeLuca / Director

Denise DeLuca is director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design program and co-founder of BCI: Biomimicry Creative for Innovation, a network of creative professional change agents driving ecological thinking for radical transformation. Denise is author of the book Re-Aligning with Nature: Ecological Thinking for Radical Transformation, which was illustrated by MASD alum Stephanie Koehler.  She also teaches with the Amani Institute. Denise’s previous roles include Education Director for the International Living Future Institute, a consultant for Swedish Biomimetics 3000, and Outreach Director for The Biomimicry Institute.  Denise is a licensed civil engineer (PE) and holds a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering with a focus on modeling landscape-scale surface and ground water interactions. Denise is based in Montana.