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





(212) 592-2228

Events – SVA MA Design Research

Upcoming Events


03/26/19 6:30 PM

Akiko Busch, “How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency”

Acclaimed author and D-Crit faculty member Akiko Busch will join us in the department to discuss ideas from her new book, How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency. She will center her attention on the chapter “Invisible Ink” and consider “why the ink we do not see is as much a […]


04/16/19 6:30 PM

Amanda K. Hurley, “Beyond the Nuclear Family: Radical Suburbs”

Since the 19th century, the normative suburban family in the U.S. has consisted of a husband, a wife, and their children. But not everyone living in the suburbs, past or present, has belonged to a nuclear family. This talk will describe experimental communities from the forthcoming book ‘Radical Suburbs’ in which architecture and design were […]


04/23/19 6:30 PM

Luis Ortega Govela and Olivia Erlanger, “Garage: American Delusion”

The garage is a raw semi domestic space, one that is free of the filial piety and gender roles ascribed to the kitchen, bedroom and living room. The space is the incubator of disruptive attitudes and subcultures. The talk will frame the myth of the garage and its architectural beginnings with Frank Lloyd Wrights Robie […]

Past Events