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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Andrea Lipps, “Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age” – SVA MA Design Research

Andrea Lipps, “Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age”

Joris Laarman Lab; Bone Chair, 2006; Cast aluminum; H x W x D: 44.5 × 75.6 × 75.9 cm (17 1/2 × 29 3/4 × 29 7/8 in.) ; Photo courtesy of Joris Laarman Lab.

Working at the intersection of design, art, and science, Dutch designer Joris Laarman and his multidisciplinary team are known for their pioneering and elegant applications of digital technologies. From the iconic Bone Chair, generated from algorithms that mimic bone growth, to a pedestrian bridge built in mid-air using advanced robotic 3D printing, Joris Laarman Lab is revolutionizing the design process. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is hosting a major retrospective about Laarman’s work (through January 15, 2018). Hear from curator Andrea Lipps about Laarman’s most thrilling advancements, which point to a future where form and fabrication surpass the limitations of industrial production.



Andrea Lipps is a curator, writer, and educator. She is Assistant Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, where she is co-curating upcoming exhibitions including The Senses: Design Beyond Vision (2018) and the next Design Triennial (2019). She has organized and contributed to numerous books and exhibitions, including Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design TriennialDesign with the Other 90%: CITIESWhy Design Now?: National Design Triennial, and Design for the Other 90%. She advises on contemporary acquisitions at the museum and is a visiting critic at Pratt Institute and Rhode Island School of Design. In 2015, Lipps served as a Mobius Fellow in Helsinki, Finland. She regularly participates on international design juries, and lectures and speaks frequently at events, symposia, and conferences on contemporary design and curatorial practice. She holds a master’s degree in History of Decorative Arts and Design from Parsons/Cooper Hewitt, and a bachelor’s degree in French, Sociology, and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan.