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

Precarious | The 2019 SVA D-Crit Graduate Thesis Symposium – SVA MA Design Research

Precarious | The 2019 SVA D-Crit Graduate Thesis Symposium

Precarious Patterns
Precarious Practices
Precarious Places
Precarious Planets…

There is possibility in precarity.

Thinking about design requires an embracing of our times,
to draw connections from the past and present, to teeter on the
edge of a future that we will never fully be able to predict.

Our work exists in a critical space—illuminating ideas, moments,
objects, and places that are unseen, complex, and subversive,
in order to address them, to learn from them, to offer solutions.

-Class of 2019

Join us as our outstanding MA candidates present their year-long thesis research, and stay afterwards for a convivial reception to celebrate their achievement as we send them off into the precarious post-graduate world.


Laura Scofield, “Flags Happen: A Critical Discussion on Flags and Design”
Yasmeen Khaja, “Liminal Places: Mapping a Kuwaiti National Identity in Global Cyberspace”
John Kazior, “The Anthropocene Looks Like This: Mystification and Revelation in the Visual Rhetoric of Climate Change”
Sneha Mehta, “Matter Matters: The Transformative Power of Materiality in the 21st-Century Classroom”
Natalie Dubois, “Building Wor(l)ds: What Can Architecture Give in the Anthropocene?”
Olivia Mercado, “Lost in Translation: Framing the Wayfinding Experience Through the Lens of a City Language”
Miao Xu, “On the Design of Interactive Art for Healing”
Chetan Kaashyap, “Cities by Citizens: How Civic Participation is Transforming Urban Design in Bangalore CBD”
Emily R. Pellerin, “Style on the Inside: Understanding Power Dynamics in the Carceral Environment Through its Clothing”
Aneta Zeleznikova, A reading from “Space Program”
Monica Nelson, “Re-Visiting Women’s Histories in House Museums”