Faculty Focus: About Tim McGee



Recently new MASD faculty member, Tim McGee, was interviewed by Leigh Stringer about his work at LikoLab. We’re so pleased that Tim joined the MASD faculty roster this fall to teach Introduction to Sustainable Design, a foundation course in MCAD’s Master of Arts in Sustainable Design program.

Interview with Timothy McGee, Entrepreneur, Biologist and Designer at LikoLab

“I first met Tim when he was working at Biomimicry 3.8 with Janine Benyus.  He then went on to join IDEO, and now runs LikoLab.  He’s a biologist, and works with designers to make products, buildings, even urban environments more resilient and more sustainable, using nature as a guide.  His work is transformative, and super cool.  This interview is jam packed with great ideas, reading material and links, so read to the end!

LS:  If you are at a cocktail party, what do you tell people you do for a living?

TM:  I find my answer depends on who I’m speaking with. If I’m chatting with someone from a field of design I tell them of my interest in Life-Centered Design, a practice that is an evolution of Human-Centered Design except instead of looking to people for insights, I also look to the natural world.  If instead I find myself cozied up next to a fellow scientist, I tell them I work with designers, engineers, and business folks to bridge what we learn from biology to see how it can be applied to designs for their field to achieve more sustainable, resilient, and beneficial outcomes.”

>>Read the whole article.

Original article was published by LeighStringer.com on October 28, 2015.


Image courtesy of Tim McGee


Cindy Gilbert / Former Director

Cindy is founder and director of Alula Consulting which specializes in innovative online and sustainability education projects for educational institutions, non-profits, and corporations. Recent clients include The Lemelson Foundation, VentureWell, Green Building Research Institute, University of Montana, PBS, Silverback Films, and more. Cindy has taught numerous courses and workshops, around the world and online, in the fields of biology, sustainability and biomimicry.

Cindy was the founding director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design program for 7.5 years 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 fostered a culture of awareness and creativity through sustainable, innovative and collaborative design. Before MCAD, 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. Please contact her through LinkedIn.