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

Michael Sorkin in conversation with Alan Rapp – SVA MA Design Research

Michael Sorkin in conversation with Alan Rapp

Michael Sorkin, President, is an architect and urbanist whose practice spans design, criticism, and pedagogy. Since 2000, Sorkin has been Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at City College of New York. He is the architecture critic for The Nation, contributing editor at Architectural Record, and author or editor of twenty books. Sorkin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the recipient of the 2013 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Mind Award, and is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow. He is also Principal of Michael Sorkin Studio, an international design practice that works in close collaboration with Terreform. Michael is editor in chief and founder of UR (Urban Research), a book series devoted to speculation about the condition and future of the city.

Alan Rapp is senior editor at The Monacelli Press, where he develops and edits architecture, design, and photography books. As a critic, he has written for Modern Painters, Designers & Books, The Photobook Review, Wired Design, Dwell, Urban Omnibus and numerous other publications, and contributed essays to monographs by Joël Tettamanti and James Silverman. Rapp holds an MFA in Design Criticism from School of Visual Arts, and has lead graduate thesis and design seminars at Rhode Island School of Design and Pratt Institute.
Image: From the “Sustaining Peace By Design” initiative. Courtesy Terreform.