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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Aaron Betsky, “Architecture Beyond Building” – SVA MA Design Research

Aaron Betsky, “Architecture Beyond Building”

In a culture in which buildings are more and more restricted by building, life safety, and financial codes, the best architecture often appears in other media—in fiction, film, and the visual arts. Aaron Betsky will show how we can find and present this architecture, and speculate on how such a re-presentation can itself be architecture.

Betsky is an architect, critic, curator, educator, lecturer, and writer on architecture and design, and is currently director of the Cincinnati Art Museum. He has served as curator of Architecture, Design, and Digital Projects at San Francisco MoMA, and the director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute. Betsky was named the director of the 11th Exhibition of the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2008. He is also the author of False Flat and Architecture Must Burn.