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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Marco Ferrari, “Beyond Borders: the Potential of Visual Research” – SVA MA Design Research

Marco Ferrari, “Beyond Borders: the Potential of Visual Research”

Marco Ferrari, co-founder of Studio Folder, is a visual researcher and spatial designer whose work encompasses art direction, exhibition design, brand identity, data visualization, web design, and digital publishing. In this talk, Ferrari will expand on recent exhibitions including the “Italian Limes” at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014 (which questioned the notion of the border within the context of climate change), along with other recent projects of the studio, as well as his current research with students at the MA Information Design department at IUAV, Venice.


Marco Ferrari is an architect and designer based in Milan, Italy, and a partner at Studio Folder, an agency for visual research co-founded with Elisa Pasqual in 2012. Previously, he was a founding partner of the former Venice-based architectural office Salottobuono, an editor at Abitare magazine from 2007 and 2011, and creative director of Domus magazine between 2011 and 2013. Studio Folder’s project “Italian Limes” was awarded a special mention at the 2014 Venice Biennale Architecture Exhibition, a Silver Winner nomination at the 2015 European Design Awards, and is now part of the permanent design collection of the V&A Museum, London. Ferrari teaches Theories and Methods of Representation at ISIA in Urbino, and Information Design at the MA Communication Design at IUAV University in Venice.

Image: SQM: The Theatre of Everyday Life, installation view.