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

Lisa O’Neil – SVA MA Design Research

Lisa O’Neil is a designer and former management and technology consultant fascinated with design’s ability to influence emotion and behavior. Her consulting experience with large companies in the media, fashion, finance, telecom, healthcare, IT, art, and design sectors repeatedly illustrated how significantly design and technology affect workplace productivity and morale. She also maintains a deep, lifelong interest in the mental health benefits that can be obtained from an inspiring and calming personal environment.

Lisa is excited to continue her graduate studies and passion for design at SVA and to explore new depths and venues for her favorite question, “why is that there?”

Selected Research & Writing