Student Spotlight: Meet Christian

About the MA Program

Christian Lundsgaard

Christian Lundsgaard is about to graduate from MCAD’s MA in Sustainable Design program and is currently finishing his thesis entitled, The Sustainable Roof Window. Watch the video below to find out what sustainable design measurement tool he found to be the most useful and how applying it is changing how he approaches challenges today.

About Christian

Christian is from Denmark and is an engineer with 15 years of product development experience in Denmark, China and the US. In this role, he has worked on everything from roof windows to handicap-friendly bathroom appliances to gearboxes for wind turbines. For the majority of his career, he worked for VELUX, a global company that makes roof windows, skylights and accessories, where he has served as development specialist for the Chinese market, design engineer in the South Carolina development group, as well as project manager and team leader in the head office in Denmark. Christian works as a freelance design engineer and he intends to focus the remainder of his professional life toward working on more sustainable solutions for the world.

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Join the MASD program

Application deadline for Spring 2018 is December 1, 2017. Start your online application today. Join us for a free monthly webinar on November 28 or December 12.


Image courtesy of Christian Lundsgaard

Cindy Gilbert / Director

Cindy Gilbert is the founding director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design program which is home to the fully online, multidisciplinary MA in Sustainable Design (MASD) that is the first of its kind in the world. In this role, she fosters a culture of awareness and creativity through sustainable, innovative and collaborative design. The MASD program blends theory, practice and leadership into a holistic, hands-on learning experience that culminates in student-driven thesis work that brings novel, sustainability-focused products and services to fruition.

Cindy has taught numerous courses and workshops, around the world and online, in the fields of biology, sustainability and biomimicry. She is founder of Alula Consulting which specializes in innovative online and sustainability education projects for educational institutions, non-profits, and corporations. Most recently, she served for nearly four years as the founding director of university education at the Biomimicry Institute where she developed and managed all higher education programs, including the professional certification program, annual education summits, affiliate and fellows programs, and design challenges. Cindy is based in Montana.