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

Rob Giampietro, Design Lead, Google Research & Machine Intelligence – SVA MA Design Research

Rob Giampietro, Design Lead, Google Research & Machine Intelligence

Rob Giampietro is Design Lead for Google’s Research & Machine Intelligence team in New York. From 2015–17 he was Creative Lead for Google’s Material Design studio, managing projects that included four SPAN Design & Technology Conferences, the launch and relaunch of, an overhaul of the Google Fonts directory including significant new typeface commissions, and the ongoing expansion and development of the Material Design system itself. Rob has been a Senior Critic in RISD’s MFA Graphic design since 2006, and his writing about design has been published widely, from Eye Magazine to BusinessWeek to Google Design’s own site. From 2010–15, he was Principal at Project Projects in New York. He is the recipient of a 2013 MacDowell Colony Fellowship and the 2014–15 Katherine Edwards Gordon Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome.