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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Damon Rich, “Working the System” – SVA MA Design Research

Damon Rich, “Working the System”

From designs for an experimental financial learning center in Queens to the first riverfront park in Newark, New Jersey, Damon Rich will share recent attempts to bring design and politics to productive crisis.

Damon Rich is the Urban Designer for the City of Newark, New Jersey where he leads design efforts with public and private actors to improve the city’s public spaces. In 1997, Rich founded the Center for Urban Pedagogy, and was its executive director for 10 years. His work has been used to represent the United States at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, and has been exhibited at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Netherlands Architecture Institute.