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

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A Forum on Curating Beyond Fine Arts: Objects (Still) Matter – SVA MA Design Research

A Forum on Curating Beyond Fine Arts: Objects (Still) Matter

Join us on Thursday, January 21 for a panel discussion on curating design. Featuring Allan Chochinov, Murray Moss, Brooke Hodge, and David Weeks, this panel aims to surface an array of questions embedded in curating contemporary design—from topics to objects, sponsors to venue—that relate to social, political, and economic issues. The conversations will be moderated by SVA MA Design Research co-chair Molly Heintz and MA Curatorial Practice director of research Jovana Stokic.

The discussion will consider the ripple effects that design exhibitions extend into the wider world, as well as question the ethical responsibility of design as a mass phenomenon in relation to the issues of display. What values are implied by curatorial choices? What due diligence is required? What value is assigned through selection, display, and promotion of objects? In the age of crowd-funding and self-publishing, what compromises, if any, are acceptable?

This panel is free and open to the public but you must register to attend. Presented by SVA’s MA Design Research and MA Curatorial Practice departments.


Allan Chochinov: Chair, SVA MA Products of Design, New York
Murray Moss: Founder, MOSS, New York
Brooke Hodge: Deputy Director, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York
David Weeks: Designer and Founder, David Weeks Studio, New York


Molly Heintz: Co-Chair, SVA MA Design Research
Jovana Stokic: Director of Curatorial Research, SVA MA Curatorial Practice

Allan Chochinov is the chair of the multi-disciplinary MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts, and a partner of Core77, the design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts since 1995. Allan lectures around the world and at professional conferences including IDSA, AIGA, and IxDA, has been a speaker and guest critic at various schools in including Yale University, Columbia School of Business, RMIT, IIT, and Carnegie Mellon. He has moderated and led workshops and symposia at the Aspen Design Conference, the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Compost Modern, and Winterhouse, and is a frequent design competition juror. Prior to SVA and Core77, his work in product design focused on the medical, surgical, and diagnostic fields, as well as on consumer products and workplace systems. (Projects included work for Herman Miller, Johnson & Johnson, Federal Express, Kodak, A.C. Nielsen, Oral-B, Crunch Fitness, and others.) He has been named on numerous design and utility patents and has received awards from The Art Directors Club, The One Club, I.D. Magazine, and Communication Arts. He has served on the boards of the AIGA, Designers Accord, Design Ignites Change, and DesigNYC, and has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level since 1995.
Brooke Hodge is deputy director at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. From 2010 to 2014, she was director of exhibitions and publications at Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum, and from 2001 to 2009 she was curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles. In her MOCA tenure, Hodge curated exhibitions on Frank Gehry, the L.A.-based Ball-Nogues architecture firm, automotive designer J Mays, and “Skin and Bones,” a 2006 exhibition about the relationship between fashion and architecture. She was on the staff of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design for ten years before coming to Los Angeles, eventually becoming the school’s assistant dean and serving as a curator at Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum. Hodge, who served as director of exhibitions and publications at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design from 1991 to 2000, is also a widely published writer on architecture and design. From 2008 to 2014 she contributed the biweekly column “Seeing Things” to The New York Times T Magazine blog. Her most recent exhibition, “Provocations: the Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio,” just closed at Cooper Hewitt. 
Murray Moss is co-founder and principal of Moss Bureau, a design consultancy providing services to museums, corporations and private collectors, and founder of the internationally renowned design gallery, MOSS. During its eighteen years in Soho, MOSS was called “the best design store in the world,” and he was described as “America’s most closely watched purveyor of industrial design.” He conceived and curated over a hundred influential exhibitions, at MOSS in New York and Los Angeles, as well as other venues, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, and the Warhol Foundation in Pittsburgh. The author of several books, including Georg Jensen Reflections, (Rizzoli, 2014) and Baccarat: Two Hundred and Fifty Years (Rizzoli, 2013), Moss is a frequent speaker at museums, universities, and other cultural institutions. He has been honored with numerous awards, including the Chrysler Design Award, Russel Wright Award, House Beautiful’s Giants of Design Award,Metropolitan Home’s Modernism Award and election to Interior Design Magazine’s Hall of Fame. He has served on the boards of the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA).
David Weeks is an American designer known for lighting, furniture, and household products. Originally from Athens, Georgia, Weeks studied painting and sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he earned a BFA. Weeks went on to work in the Manhattan studio of Ted Muehling before founding David Weeks Studio in 1996. After being exclusively represented by Ralph Pucci from 2001 to 2012, the designer left in 2013 to open his own flagship storefront in Tribeca, Manhattan. The opening of the New York storefront—one part gallery, one part creative lab—has provided the opportunity to showcase the full breadth of the studio’s collaborations and capabilities. From high-concept light installations and angular, asymmetrical furniture to products designed for companies such as Flavor Paper, Christopher Farr, and e15, Weeks continues to push the expectations of retail as well as a multidisciplinary practice revealing his trademark fusion of serious design chops and subtle quirk.
Molly Fulghum Heintz is the co-chair of the SVA MA Design Research program. She is a co-founder of the editorial consultancy Superscript and has served as the firm’s managing director since 2012. With Superscript, she has collaborated on strategy, research, and writing projects for a range of design organizations and institutions, including Pentagram, the Museum of Modern Art, frog design, and Herman Miller, in addition to producing conversation series for the Museum of Arts and Design and the 2014 Venice Architectural Biennale. Prior to Superscript, Heintz led communications departments at the architecture firms Gensler and Rockwell Group, and was a fellow at the Philip Johnson Glass House, where she helped launch the interactive site “Glass House Conversations.” She holds BAs in Classics and Archaeology from Duke University, an MFA in Design Criticism from the School of Visual Arts, and an MA in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University, where her PhD research focuses on narratives attached to design objects. Heintz has edited multiple books and magazines, and currently serves as a contributing editor at Co.Design/Fast Company and The Architect’s Newspaper. Her writing has also appeared in Design ObserverThe Art Newspaper, AIGA’s Voice and Eye on Design, and Studies in the Decorative Arts, among other publications.
Jovana Stokic is a Belgrade-born, New York-based art historian and curator. She holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her dissertation,The Body Beautiful: Feminine Self-Representations 1970–2007, analyzes works of several women artists—Marina Abramovic, Martha Rosler, Joan Jonas—since the 1970s, particularly focusing on the notions of self-representation and beauty. Stokic was a fellow at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; a researcher at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the curator of the Kimmel Center Galleries, New York University; and the performance curator at Location One, New York. She has taught art history at New York University, Fashion Institute of Technology, and is also on the faculty of the MFA Art Practice at the School of Visual Arts. Stokic is director of curatorial research at SVA’s MA Curatorial Practice department.