Cindy Gilbert

Director of MA Program


Sustainable Design Program
MEd, Griffith University, Australia
MS, Oregon State University

Cindy Gilbert is the founding director of MCAD’s master of arts in sustainable design program, a fully online, multidisciplinary program that is the first of its kind in the world. In this role, she fosters a culture of awareness and creativity through sustainable, innovative, and collaborative design.

Gilbert has taught numerous courses and workshops, around the world and online, in the fields of biology, sustainability, and biomimicry. She is founder of a consultancy that specializes in innovative online and sustainability education projects with recent clients that include VentureWell, the Biomimicry Institute, the University of Montana, Canvas.net, GeekPuff, and the Green Building Research Institute.

Most recently, 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 biomimicry professional certification program, annual biomimicry education summits, biomimicry affiliate and fellows programs, and biomimicry design challenges. Gilbert is based in Montana.