8 Reasons You Need a Sustainable Designer

As Director of MCAD’s MA in Sustainable Design, I can’t help but be biased about our amazing program, our incredible faculty, and our fantastic students.  So instead of reading my thoughts on why you might need a Sustainable Designer to help you solve your biggest challenges — as well as help all of us address

Are you Problem-Solving or Innovating?

“It would really help if you would just tell us what we are aiming for!” “Can you give us more examples and case studies?” “How will I know if I’m right?” “We need more time to understand the problem!” These are the comments and questions I often hear when teaching people how to use creative

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

Sustainable Conspicuous Consumption?

The website Conspicuous Consumption leads off with a definition:   Conspicuous consumption is a term introduced by the Norwegian-American economist and sociologist Thorstein Veblen in his book “The Theory of the Leisure Class” published in 1899. The term refers to consumers who buy expensive items to display wealth and income rather than to cover the


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:


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

Free Sustainability Webinar

Sign up in advance to join our next online, informational webinar on Tuesday, November 28 at 7 pm CT about the 100% online Master of Arts in Sustainable Design program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). Hosted by Cindy Gilbert, director of MA in Sustainable Design Program, and Mary Kazura, associate director

Christian Lundsgaard

Student Spotlight: Meet Christian

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

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