AIGA Design Educators Spotlight

“Sooner or later, business is going to come and start demanding people be able to envision and create this new future that nobody can put their finger on yet. And that’s what designers are great at. We make something from nothing.” Holly Robbins, faculty in the MA in Sustainable Design Program at MCAD was interviewed

October Town Hall

Sustainable Home Building Hello everyone, It’s that time again… What does it take to build a sustainable home? Holly Robbins, one of our wonderful faculty members will be presenting an overview of the home she is in the process of building using sustainable materials and best practices. The Town Hall will take place on October, 25th,

Welcome Dawn Keene!

After four wonderful years, I’m stepping away from being Director of the MA in Sustainable Design program to pursue other projects. I am happy to (re) introduce Dawn Keene as the new Interim Director of the Program!  I say (re) introduce because Dawn has been both a student – in the graduating class of 2013 –

Deann Garcia’s Call to Action

Master of Arts in Sustainable Design faculty member and alum Deann Garcia has been busy recording Call to Action, a podcast where she chats with sustainable design faculty and alumni about putting sustainable practices into action.  ​Some of the episodes so far have featured talks about the social component of sustainability and applying biomimicry principles

Holly Robbins


One of the things that we’re very proud of — and thankful for –  in our MASD program is our faculty. Not only are they incredibly devoted to the program and our students, they all actively practice what they teach. Some literally wrote the book on what they teach! Their expert knowledge, skills, and teaching

Arlene Birt

Human creativity makes me hopeful

Arlene Birt was one of the founding faculty in the MASD Program. I recently asked Arlene to update us on the exciting work that she’s been up to. In addition to being a public artist and educator, you describe yourself as an infodesigner and visual storyteller. Tell us a little bit about the kind work

Biomimicry to Create a Regenerative Future

This piece was originally published as a blog by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP). This year, the Director of MCAD’s MA in Sustainable Design program, Denise DeLuca, is Board President of ISSP. As we observe the breadth of UN observances in October, from World Habitat Day to World Migratory Bird Day to United

You don’t need “sustainability” in your title

Ashen Phansey is a recent addition to the MA in Sustainable Design faculty and will be teaching Biomimetic Design this fall. We are so excited to have him as part of our program! Asheen (he/his) is the CEO of Eleven Radius, an industry group for dynamic fashion companies committed to the circular economy. Prior, Asheen spent over a decade in corporate

There’s something special about this generation

Billy Almon is a recent addition to the MA in Sustainable Design faculty and will be teaching Biomimetic Design this fall. We are so excited to have him as part of our program! Billy is an Astrobiofuturist, exploring biology-inspired solutions to improve the human condition for those of us on earth and those who will

COUNTDOWN with us!

Denise DeLuca and Trisha Bauman (both ISSP Board Members) are excited to invite you to join us for TEDxISSP, a COUNTDOWN event! The event will be held online Saturday 24 April 2021, noon-2:00pmCT. Registration is free and open to the public. It is a wonderful way for you to celebrate Earth Week with the MA

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