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

Irène Berthezène – SVA MA Design Research

Irène Berthezène is a French designer living in New York since a few months. She graduated in 2006 from ENSCI (National School of Industrial Design) in Paris, France. She first learned the ins and outs of scenography and exhibition curation from renowned designer Matali Crasset, then made her own path into that field in France. She worked on a variety of projects but always stayed design-focused. She knows design processes and design thinking from the inside, being an industrial designer herself, but she is now more interested in ideas than objects. She turned towards theory and writing a few years ago, and has since gradually incorporated research into her practice by teaching design history and writing for French magazines, websites or academic institutions.

Living in New York City, she often feels as if a whole way of considering design here is out of her reach. She wants to understand design from an American perspective and to acquire a better knowledge of current American design issues and values. She wishes for the process of writing to happen not only after a product has been commercialized, but to become an integral part of the project itself. In her view, it is an ongoing journey to do theoretical research in a very practical field like design. She looks forward to meeting people who are eager to share their points of view and their methodologies. When she is not busy loving and hating design, she takes care of her daughters, their father, and the cat, and she secretly dreams about her next holidays.