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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Michael Kubo, “Working Across Platforms” – SVA MA Design Research

Michael Kubo, “Working Across Platforms”


The boundaries between writing, curatorial, and publishing platforms in design are often porous. In this talk Michael Kubo will describe recent books, exhibitions, and texts in which a body of related investigations into historical and contemporary practice has taken shape through multiple formats for research and presentation.

Michael Kubo is an author, architect, and curator based in Boston. He is a director of pinkcomma gallery and co-author ofHeroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston (Monacelli Press, 2015). As a collaborator with the interdisciplinary practice, over,under, his recent exhibitions include Imagining the Modern: HACLab Pittsburgh at the Heinz Architectural Center (2015), the Design Biennial Boston (2008–2015), and IN FORM: Communicating Boston at the Boston Society of Architects (2012). He was Associate Curator for OfficeUS, the U.S. Pavilion at the 2014 International Architecture Biennale in Venice, and co-editor of OfficeUS Atlas (Lars Müller, 2015). As a Ph.D. Candidate in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture at MIT, his work focuses on the origins and international extension of corporate architectural practice in the United States after World War II. His writing has appeared in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Journal of Architectural Education, Harvard Design Magazine, MAS Context, The Boston Globe, Architect, ArchitectureBoston, Volume, and CLOG.