A SELECTION OF MCAD MASD COURSEWORK
This web-based portfolio was created to showcase one example of Sarah’s work from each course taken at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD) during her time in the MA Sustainable Design (MASD) program. The purpose of the portfolio is to promote reflection on the coherence of the student's academic career and serve as a public presentation or exhibition of her work, as required in traditional masters programs.
Courses listed below are in the order Sarah took them as she progressed through her studies.
Having spent her whole life in the Pacific Northwest, Sarah has a deep appreciation for and connection to her natural surroundings, which has spurred an ongoing mission to restore the biosphere and protect future generations of humanity. This is not a hero’s journey as she recognizes radical sustainable change will be a collaborative effort, and she looks forward to working alongside diverse individuals who share an unwavering commitment to environmental and social responsibility.
In undergrad at the University of Oregon, Sarah was inspired by a Sustainable Product Design course run through the Chemistry department, and ultimately graduated with a BS in Product Design and a minor in Chemistry. She then worked as a Product Designer + Developer in the luxury lighting, furniture, and home goods industry before being thrown a curve ball by the global pandemic. An unexpected layoff gave her the space to reflect on her goals and reevaluate the trajectory of her career, leading to her decision to apply for grad school, specifically (and exclusively) MCAD’s MASD program. Since beginning the program, she has served as General Manager of a custom design and build furniture studio, consulted on technical lighting and interior design projects, interned for a sustainability strategy and communications firm, and even worked on her latte art as a new barista. Sarah is excited to put her masters degree to use and pursue a future contributing to the field of sustainable design.
With design comes the power and great responsibility of introducing new products into the world, and I plan to spend my career working to redefine the norm so that sustainability is inherent to all design. There is an urgency and necessity to recognizing the interconnectedness of life on this planet and I believe inclusive collaboration will be key to solving the climate crisis. Despite the daunting challenges we face, I find hope in embracing beautiful and regenerative design, adopting a systems thinking approach, and envisioning the endless possibilities of what it means for humanity to have a thriving future on this planet. My strengths as a designer lie in empathy, creativity, communication, and dedication, enabling me to work beyond a defined problem space, expansively conceptualizing the intricacies and nuances of colliding systems while never losing sight of the greater narrative grounded by relationships. Ultimately, I seek to inspire and educate others through sustainable design practices to spread impact through every interaction.