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Stephanie C. McGoldrick, NCIDQ, IDEC, LEED AP BD+C

Assistant Professor


M.A., Corcoran College of Art + Design, Interior Design
B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Interior Design




School of Design

Making a difference in peoples’ lives through thoughtful and intelligent design has won kudos and national recognition for Professor McGoldrick, who was honored by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) with the 2016 Award of Excellence.

She brings her enthusiasm for universal design to her classroom and has been instrumental in establishing the Universal Design-a-Thon, held at Mount Ida for the past two years. The symposium brings together guest speakers, professionals and people with all range of abilities to meet and work as groups to create solutions to a variety of challenges.

“In these symposia we never know what next big design may emerge but it leads to a wonderful learning and community building experience for our students.”

With lighting as her specialty, McGoldrick puts together the annual Festival of Lights on campus. The Festival give students real-world experience in and out of the classroom as they work alongside professionals to develop creative and innovative lighting designs that illuminate the campus.

Professor McGoldrick’s work can be seen in the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., where she oversaw the design of two store spaces and two cafeteria spaces, which was an outgrowth of her studies at the Smithsonian Institution. Her key focus was on retail and food service spaces, from large-scale renovations to small retail kiosks, and it is the lessons learned from those projects that she shares in her classroom.

“Being an interior designer requires patience, diligence and good communication. We continually learn from our mistakes and approach projects in a new way – Design is a process. “

McGoldrick feels that this is a particularly exciting time for the profession of Interior Design. “I am greatly intrigued by the collaboration between disciplines within the field of design and beyond. Interior designers can be seen working alongside graphic designers, engineers, software developers, psychologists, and others, as the relevance and importance of design is recognized. ”

She counts being a LEED-accredited professional as one of her major accomplishments, stating that she is “passionate about sustainable design. ”

Professor McGoldrick teaches Interior Design, Lighting Design, Office Design + Sustainability, Portfolio Design and Universal Design.

Watching my students create something unique - that they are proud of - brings me joy.