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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Sam Lubell: The Making of Never Built – SVA MA Design Research

Sam Lubell: The Making of Never Built

Author Sam Lubell shares the secrets of creating the books “Never Built Los Angeles” and “Never Built New York.” From their inception, these projects presented unique challenges, from finding projects that had been lost to history, to wading through dozens of archives around the country. Lubell will take the audience through the process, from early digging to writing to production to publicity. He’ll also touch on what was a completely new challenge: working with designers to create exhibitions that would bring the books to life.

Sam Lubell, co-author of Never Built New York (Metropolis Books, 2016), is a staff writer at Wired and a contributing editor at The Architect’s Newspaper. He has written seven books about architecture for The Monacelli Press, Rizzoli, Metropolis Books, and Phaidon. He also writes for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Architect, Architectural Record, Architectural Review, Wallpaper, Contract, and other publications. He co-curated the A+D Architecture and Design Museum exhibitions Never Built Los Angeles and Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles. His upcoming exhibition, Never Built New York, will open at the Queens Museum this September.