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!
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Ana Miljacki, “Bad Copies” – SVA MA Design Research

Ana Miljacki, “Bad Copies”

In Architecture, as in front of the law, bad copies are sometimes good. Situating the material from Un/Fair Exhibition and Project_Rorschach, this lecture examines copying, authorship, and other ways we conceptualize the movement of ideas architecture.

Ana Miljački is a critic, curator and Associate Professor of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she teaches history, theory and design. She was part of the three-member curatorial team, with Eva Franch i Gilabert and Ashley Schafer, of the US Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, where their project OfficeUS, critically examined the last century of US architects’ global contribution. Her Un/Fair Use, exhibit was on the view at the Center for Architecture in New York in the fall of 2015 and at Berkeley University’s Wuster Gallery in 2016. Her book The Optimum Imperative: Czech Architecture for the Socialist Lifestyle 1938-1968was published by Routledge in 2017, and The Terms of Appropriation collection of historical essays, which she edited with Amanda Reeser Lawrence, is forthcoming with Routledge this year.