Director Sustainability Initiatives ArtCenter College of Design

By combining her science-based education with design practice and enterprise, Heidrun Mumper-Drumm has created a unique sustainability curriculum for art and design students. As ArtCenter faculty, Mumper-Drumm teaches, conducts research and serves as the college’s Director of Sustainability Initiatives. Her academic classes and studio courses prepare and challenge designers to create sustainable product/service systems that improve environmental performance, while also considering social and economic impact. Her research interests include methods and practices that incorporate life cycle thinking, and lead to design innovation.

Upon receiving a Masters in Environmental Engineering, Mumper-Drumm began her multi-disciplinary career with Bechtel Corporation, where she worked on nuclear and wind energy projects, and later with Parsons Engineering, as manager of environmental and cultural compliance for NASA/US Air Force construction projects. Moving from engineering to design, she founded a graphic design and letterpress company and became a faculty member at ArtCenter. She participates and holds leadership positions in national and international design and sustainability organizations and consults and leads workshops related to life cycle research and assessment. She recently completed a Masters in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University