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





(212) 592-2228

Luis Ortega Govela and Olivia Erlanger, “Garage: American Delusion” – SVA MA Design Research

Luis Ortega Govela and Olivia Erlanger, “Garage: American Delusion”

The garage is a raw semi domestic space, one that is free of the filial piety and gender roles ascribed to the kitchen, bedroom and living room. The space is the incubator of disruptive attitudes and subcultures.

The talk will frame the myth of the garage and its architectural beginnings with Frank Lloyd Wrights Robie House to its evolution as a central space for the American Dream to turn into delusion. These will be accompanied by short clips from our new documentary which sketch out new family arrangements and ways of living that are emerging in an increasingly entrepreneurial landscape.


Luis Ortega Govela (Scorpio, 1988) is a Mexican architect and writer based in Los Angeles. He is an Architectural Association graduate and a founder of the arts collective åyr. He is currently working on a documentary film and his first residential project.

Olivia Erlanger choreographs ultramodern environments through installations, videos, and writing that show how advanced technologies engender subjectivity. Alongside curating exhibitions as a founding director of Grand Century, New York, Erlanger has held solo exhibition with Mother Culture, Los Angeles; Human Resources, Los Angeles; AND NOW, Dallas; Mathew, New York; What Pipeline, Detroit; Balice Hertling New York; and Seventeen Gallery, London. Additionally she has participated in group exhibitions with LY Gallery, Los Angeles; AND NOW, Dallas; CAPITAL, San Francisco; Rupert, Vilnius; 501(c)3 Foundation, Los Angeles; Brown University, Providence; CANADA, New York; Room East, New York; Ludlow 38 New York; Pilar Corrias, London; LAXART, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museo di Capodimonte, Naples and the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice.



Image Credit: Luis Ortega Govela working in a garage, photo Nic Seago.