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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Paul Makovsky, “On Florence Knoll Bassett & Writing Interior Design History” – SVA MA Design Research

Paul Makovsky, “On Florence Knoll Bassett & Writing Interior Design History”

One of the most important figures in modern interior design and architecture, this talk will review the life and work of Florence Knoll, discussing the challenges of writing about design history and opening up a conversation about other undiscovered figures in design history whose stories are yet to be told.

Paul Makovsky is writer, strategist and curator. He is the editor in chief of Contract magazine and has been in the publishing world for more than 20 years. He began his career as the director of research at the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, for the exhibition “Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture.” A graduate of McGill University in Montreal and the University of Toronto, he has curated exhibitions on everything from a history of Canadian women artists, a history of Knoll textiles to shows on Norwegian contemporary design. He is currently writing a book on the life and work of Florence Knoll Bassett.