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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Leah Meisterlin: “Geographies of Difference” – SVA MA Design Research

Leah Meisterlin: “Geographies of Difference”

Leah Meisterlin is an urbanist, geographic information system (GIS) methodologist, and Assistant Professor at Columbia University‘s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Her research engages issues of spatial justice, informational ethics, and the effects of infrastructural networks on the construction of social and political space. In this talk, she’ll discuss her current work, which explores how digital technologies are restructuring the politics of urban space and altering methods of urban research.


Professionally, Leah has contributed to several experimental and exploratory practices in 21st-century urbanism. Among those, she cofounded Office:MG, a spatial systems consultancy; served as Director of Research at Special Project Office; and cofounded PRE-Office, a design and research studio that investigated the organizational structures behind design processes in the wake of the US foreclosure crisis. Meisterlin holds a Masters of Architecture and an MS in Urban Planning  from Columbia University and a BA in Art, Architecture and Urbanism from Smith College.


Image: “For those who seek a couch for cuddling, for those with a homesick thirst to quench, for those who need an overhang for huddling, for those who’d like to share a bench…There’s Cher.” Cher, a critical investigation of the sharing economy presented at the 2016 Oslo Architectural Triennale, courtesy of Leah Meisterlin.