BA, M.Arch., University at Buffalo
Mary Golden is an Assistant Professor and the Undergraduate Program Director for the BFA, Interior Design program at Rochester Institute of Technology, where she teaches in the Council for Interior Design Accredited program. Mary is also the owner of Mary Golden | Design Studio an interior design practice based in Rochester, New York. She is a professional interior designer and is certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification.
In her research investigations Mary places emphasis on fostering agency and self-reliance through human centered design-build projects that address critical global issues advancing the right of every person to live in a socially, economically, and environmentally just community. Mary’s scholarship creates faculty-student-stakeholder partnerships across campuses and borders, most notably in RIT Hope for Honduras, a multidisciplinary effort that she has directed since 2017. RIT Hope for Honduras, a campus wide initiative, aims to assist in-country partners with reducing infant mortality through design and technology solutions. Grounded in the principles of universal design, Mary’s research seeks to create healing types of architecture and interior environments while enacting global citizenry in students. Conceptually inspired from her personal practice, and developed through collaborative faculty-student research, the MObile KItchen (MO:KI) affords flexibility in organizing a cooking environment responsive to the needs of the home chef, regardless of age, stature, and ability. The prototypes are currently in research and development at RIT’s LiveAbility Lab, where Mary is an affiliated faculty.
Professionally, Mary has eighteen years of design experience, across multiple bioregions. She established the first company in Western New York, Gaiatecture Design Studio (now Mary Golden | Design Studio), after graduating in 2002 with a master’s degree in Architecture from the University at Buffalo merging innovative architectural and interior solutions with natural building practices. The company specialized in natural building technologies and clay finish plasters and evolved in 2013 to include sustainable, custom interiors and hybrid projects that integrated mainstream materials and ecological systems. Current interior design services focus on high end custom residential, small scale commercial, retail and restaurant clientele.
In the News
February 25, 2021
Rochester Public Library to use students' design for project build out
The library was awarded a Play Everywhere grant to execute a redesign of its historic play and reading room based on a concept by a group of Interior Design students.
March 18, 2020
Students combine technology and design to help others
The LiveAbility Lab is a partnership between RIT and the Al Sigl Community of Agencies, a collaborative network of organizations in Rochester that serves children and adults with special needs. The lab, which is located on Al Sigl’s Wolk Campus, opened in 2018. The goal is to develop a pipeline of accessible technology projects that are conceived at RIT and take root at the LiveAbility Lab on their way to development in the marketplace.
February 6, 2020
Podcast: Hope for Honduras
Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 31: A multidisciplinary contingent from RIT is creating design solutions to improve the quality of medical care and education in Central America. Mary Golden, interior design program chair and director of RIT Hope for Honduras, speaks with Christian Perry, a healthcare designer and co-founder of Little Angels of Honduras, about important initiatives to help reduce infant mortality in that region.
Peace. Relaxation. Nature Inspired by the serene fifty acre site the client, a stone sculptor and landscape designer, requested that the interior of his home exude the same tranquility as the...
Palette and finish selections for entry, lobby, residence halls and public spaces in downtown loft revitalization project.