John McCabe, SCAD industrial design professor

John McCabe

Program coordinator, service design and design for sustainability


  • B.Arch., Auburn University
  • B.S., Auburn University
  • M.I.D., Auburn University


  • Educated and mentored design students for more than 13 years
  • Facilitated service and product development for Fortune 500 companies
  • Developed dynamic and effective client-sponsored project processes and implemented them through non-typical student experiences
  • Established status within the design and education community through consistent nurturing of long-term and quality relationships
  • Managed, facilitated and participated in more than 30 client-sponsored design projects
  • Created and managed dozens of integrated cross-disciplinary design teams
  • Developed curriculum, strategy and external relationships to elevate SCAD among the top-ranked design schools in the U.S.
  • Facilitated and participated in more than a dozen off-campus study abroad experiences to 17 countries

Awards, recognitions and honors

  • Red Dot Design Award, 2014
  • Bronze, IDEA Design competition, IDSA, 2014
  • Gold, A' Design Award & Competition, 2014
  • Platinum, A' Design Award & Competition, 2014
  • Finalist, IDEA Design Competition, 2012
  • Finalist, IDEA Design Competition, 2011
  • Best Innovations award, Wakeboarding Magazine, 2011
  • Finalist, Electrolux Design Competition, 2008
  • First place, Power to the Pedal competition, Design21, 2008
  • Red Dot Design Award, 2006


  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 2006
  • Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society, 2006
  • Golden Key International Honour Society, 2006

Publications and Presentations


  • IDSA Central District Conference, “Connecting Passion with Responsibility,” 2015
  • SciTech Conference, “Science, Design, or Magic?” 2015
  • FID Conference, “Creative Portfolios,” 2015
  • IDSA Southern District Conference, “Who Are You and What Job Do You Want?” 2014
  • IDSA International Conference and Education Symposium, “The New Digital Portfolio,” 2012
  • Loughborough University, “Diversify Your Design Education,” 2011
  • Tonbridge School, “Removing Silos: SCAD Design Group,” 2011
  • SCAD Hong Kong, “Rethinking Cultural Presence,” 2011
  • SCAD Hong Kong, “How to Think Like a Designer,” 2010
  • SCAD Savannah, “ID: Storytelling and Experiences,” 2010
  • National Cheng Kung University, “Service Design: The Future of ID?” 2009
  • OH!Study Consulting, “Design and Its Role in Education,” 2009
  • Taipei American School, “Design and Opportunities,” 2009
  • IDSA National Conference and Education Symposium, “Multidisciplinary Portfolios,” 2006

Publications, Documentaries and Gallery Shows

  • “Yearbook of Design Excellence,” Innovation magazine, 2014
  • Red Dot Design Concept Yearbook, 2014
  • “Frontiers of Innovation,” Innovation magazine, 2011
  • “Yearbook of Design Excellence,” Innovation magazine, 2011
  • “Excellence in Design Edition," Trailer Boats magazine, 2011
  • "How to Make an iPad Killer," EE Times magazine, 2010
  • “Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio,” 2010
  • Circle Gallery, University of Georgia, 2005
  • “Proceed and Be Bold: Rural Studio After Samuel Mockbee,” 2005
  • School of Ecology Gallery, University of Georgia, 2005
  • Dudley Commons Gallery, Auburn University, 2005
  • Bridging the Divide: Outreach to Alabama’s Black Belt, 2004
  • Tema Celeste: Contemporary Art Magazine, 2003
  • “Rural Studio: Samuel Mockbee and an Architecture of Decency,” 2002
  • Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2002
  • Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial, New York, New York, 2002