John McCabe, IDSA, recently co-founded Aether, a non-profit educational think tank that creates transformational experiences to build empathic creatives and develop strategic leadership. Previously, MCabe served as the program coordinator for the user experience design, service design and design for sustainability programs at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).
As a mentor and professor he facilitated more than 30 collaborative projects with Fortune 500’s Gulfstream, Google, TTI, Remington, Fossil, HP, Chick-Fil-A, Dell, AT&T, BMW, Disney, P&G and many others—providing him with the insight to create a unique, dynamic and effective client-sponsored project process. He has had the privilege to implement it through non-typical student experiences and managed those integrated cross-disciplinary design teams through off-campus study-abroad experiences to 17+ countries around the world.
McCabe’s design career began while at Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction. After years of working in the architectural field, he returned to the highly regarded design program at Auburn to earn additional degrees in environmental design and industrial design.
After teaching at Auburn, he later transitioned to SCAD where he became a professor and coordinator for programs within the internationally recognized School of Design. He worked on many projects that were selected for international design awards, published for his leadership in and out of the classroom and developed some of the most advanced curriculum currently in the industry.
The ripple effects of one of Aether’s platforms, SHiFT, can be felt all across the world. The international community of students and professionals that attend the camps are not only changing each other’s lives, but taking home the lateral thinking methodologies they learned, the desire for positive global change, and the power of empathy.