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Design for a Better World

July 16-27, 2018

Interior Design is a $10 billion industry guiding over $320 billion in home improvements annually in the U.S. Program participants take on the challenge of rethinking what the profession should do moving forward to address the factors impacting us in this changing world, merging the historical and cultural context of the design fields with questions of social justice and ecological sustainability. Students will benefit from the presentations from a wide community of design professionals outlining their paths into their fields, and gain hands-on experience in a working interior design studio. This program is designed for students interested in interior design, architecture, social justice, social entrepreneurship, Fair Trade, and sustainable design.


Mary-Moore Cathcart has always had a global interest in design and architecture, studying the way that we live and how we treat each other and the planet along the way. While a student at Hampshire College Mary-Moore studied, from the perspective of an anthropologist and an historian, where people across the globe came together in differing power relationships: colonialism in Africa, slavery in the Americas, and Jim Crow in the America South, the latter focusing specifically on the experiences of women, including black domestic workers and their white employers. Her Division III asked questions about racial identity and race relations in the post-Civil Rights-era Mississippi Delta. After Hampshire, Mary-Moore earned an M.A. in Africana Studies from Cornell University, and continues to teach courses in race and ethnicity at the college level while pursuing a career in interior design.

During the last 25 years Mary-Moore has turned her interest in people, equality, and interior design into a passionate career working towards changing the economic and consumer culture that surrounds the way that we live. She runs a full-service interior design studio, "marymoore DESIGN", and a lifestyle-based shop, "Home and Homme" (formerly called "The Claw Foot Tub"), where she sells Fair Trade products for the home.

Mary-Moore's current projects include her blog, "the ethical designer," where she writes about design and consumer culture with an eye towards transparency: about the profession, the materials and products designers work with, and the reality of trying to keep up with the Jones'. She has a special interest in Passive House design, and the possibilities of building sustainability for everyone. In all areas of her work, Mary-Moore has the underlying goal of helping people to live better and with more consciousness in their homes.

2018 Important Deadlines

April 13: Priority Deadline for all completed and submitted applications to receive a 10% tuition discount

May 4: Deposit Deadline ($450 deposit must be received in order to secure your spot in the program)

May 18: Application Deadline (all application materials must be submitted)

June 1: Payment Deadline (all payments must be submitted)

2018 Payment and Fees

Tuition: $2,050
Housing: $450
Meals: $420

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