FREE! 4-Week Online Biomimicry Course

The best things in life are free. Going outside is free. Connecting with nature is free.  And now, learning a sustainable design methodology based on nature’s functional strategies is free! We are happy to announce that MCAD’s Master of Arts in Sustainable Design program is once again partnering with to offer the 4-week online

Hubris or Humility?

The human brain is the pinnacle of evolution – or so we humans like to think. Our highly evolved brains provide us with the apparently unique capacity for self-awareness, to understand abstract concepts such as humanity, hubris, and humility.  This capacity also provides us with the ability — and awesome responsibility — to choose how


Biomimicry + Space

The practice of biomimicry has strong supporters in NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). Their work includes many notable examples of bio-inspired design that include tensegrity robots, evolved antennas, gecko grippers and sensing based on a fly’s eye. This interest became more tangible when a group at NASA Glenn Research Center started a biomimicry focused


Hello, Denise? Welcome!

As my final post to the blog (sniff), I sat down with Denise DeLuca -the new Sustainable Design program director at MCAD– to capture her thoughts about this new chapter in her career. I know she is going to do an excellent job and wish her and the program the best for the future. Cindy:


The Thing About BHAGs

Happy new year! After 7.5 years I am passing the MASD director baton to my successor, Denise DeLuca. I couldn’t be more delighted with my replacement who is a longtime colleague, friend and instructor in the MASD program. She has the experience, know how and passion to take the program to the next level. I


Happy Holidays!

On the longest night of the year, we send warm wishes for a wonderful holiday season to you and yours from all of us in the MA in Sustainable Design Program at MCAD. MCAD offices are closed for winter break from December 22 through January 1st. We can’t wait to see you in the new


Congratulations, Graduates!

We are happy announce our newest MASD graduates, Christian, George, Megan and Zachary! We are very proud of you and your sustainability-focused work, from green product design to craft brewing to a biomimicry-inspired education model. We look forward to seeing the things that you do and places that you go. These MASD students graduated Friday,


Faculty Focus: Meet Deann

We’re delighted to announce that-for the first time ever- an alumna of the MCAD’s MA in Sustainable Design program will become an instructor in the MASD program. She will be teaching Fundamentals of Sustainable Design in Spring 2018. We couldn’t be more proud to have such a high caliber student return to the program to


Biomimicry Certificate Launch

We are pleased to announce a new Non-credit Biomimicry Certificate! (Cue applause!) In order to earn a certificate, select and complete three courses in a specific area. All courses in the Biomimicry Certificate are offered fully online. The sequence of courses is flexible and there is no time limit to earn the certificate. Learn more


Embrace Friction

This article is an excerpt from the Fast Company article published on October 27, 2017, entitled, “How a Broken Heart Helped Amy Wambach Find Her Passion” written by Diana Budds. “As the chief sustainability officer at Nike, Hannah Jones is rethinking how the athletic brand produces its products. At Nike, Jones has been working to

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