SVA MA Design Research

SVA MA Design Research, Writing & Criticism1 is a one-year graduate program2
devoted to the study of design, its contexts & consequences.
Our graduates have gone on to pursue research-related careers in publishing, education, museums, institutes, design practice, entrepreneurship, & more.3

  1. Formerly known as D-Crit
  2. About the program
  3. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. All successful candidates awarded a significant scholarship!
SVA MA Design Research

136 W 21st St, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10011


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(212) 592-2228

Events – SVA MA Design Research

Upcoming Events


10/24/17 6:30 PM

Dan Chen, “File > Save as > Intimacy”

What is Intimacy without humanity? The desire to create relationships and environments that make us feel comfortable, provide a sense of security, and facilitate sensations of belonging, is inherent to human nature. Human to human interaction is critical to mental and physical health, but how about human to machine interaction? Does replacing our most intimate […]


11/01/17 6:30 PM

Superpool, “Groundwork in Istanbul”

*PLEASE NOTE: This event takes place on aWEDNESDAY* Superpool prefers observing the scenery instead of being inside it. Rather than being inside Istanbul, within the city’s thousands of years of experience, Superpool steps back in order to see it, to remember and identify its genuine solutions and re-introduces them to life. Research is integral to its […]

Open Houses

11/07/17 6:00PM


Considering pursuing graduate study in design research? Passionate about storytelling in multiple media? Interested in the contexts and consequences of design? Please join us in the SVA Department of Design Research, Writing & Criticism, for an evening of insights and behind-the-scenes access into the world of design. Don’t miss out on this once-a-year opportunity to […]


11/14/17 6:30 PM

Mimi Zeiger, “Intersect, Instigate, Exchange”

  At a time when digital media makes everyone a critic and a curator, Mimi Zeiger discusses how those titles dovetail in her work. She’ll present her approach to several projects, including Dimensions of Citizenship, the upcoming 2018 U.S. Pavilion for the Venice Architecture Biennale, Tu Casa es mi Casa, and Now, There: Scenes from the Post […]


11/28/17 6:30 PM

Andrea Lipps, “Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age”

Working at the intersection of design, art, and science, Dutch designer Joris Laarman and his multidisciplinary team are known for their pioneering and elegant applications of digital technologies. From the iconic Bone Chair, generated from algorithms that mimic bone growth, to a pedestrian bridge built in mid-air using advanced robotic 3D printing, Joris Laarman Lab […]


12/05/17 6:30 PM

Lewis Mumford Symposium

“The physical design of cities and their economic functions are secondary to their relationship to the natural environment and to the spiritual values of human community.“ –Lewis Mumford Lewis Mumford (1895-1990) was one of the most prolific and widely read social philosophers of the 20th century. Through his books, public appearances, and “Sky Line” column at The New […]


12/12/17 6:30 PM

Rob Giampietro, Design Lead, Google Research & Machine Intelligence

Rob Giampietro is Design Lead for Google’s Research & Machine Intelligence team in New York. From 2015–17 he was Creative Lead for Google’s Material Design studio, managing projects that included four SPAN Design & Technology Conferences, the launch and relaunch of, an overhaul of the Google Fonts directory including significant new typeface commissions, and the […]

Past Events