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

SIGHTLINES: SVA Design Research Thesis Symposium and Launch Party – SVA MA Design Research

SIGHTLINES: SVA Design Research Thesis Symposium and Launch Party

Please join us on Monday, May 8 for SIGHTLINES, an afternoon symposium where graduating students will present final thesis projects and discuss future research directions. Following the presentations, help celebrate the launch of the SIGHTLINES publication!

The capsule presentations draw from the multi-media portfolios students have developed over their course of study. Each group of presentations will be followed by a brief conversation among the students moderated by a program alum. Author Akiko Busch will deliver a closing keynote address.

An event and publication, SIGHTLINES collects and communicates different points of view on design, celebrating the revelations and debate generated when those views intersect, clash, or are simply juxtaposed. Sightlines also refers to breadth of design research topics in the Class of 2017, who critically considered cars, craft, display, fashion, food packaging, games, safety, signage, AND artificial organs. While students’ investigations propelled them along diverse paths of inquiry, they all have one thing in common: a deep interest in the systems at work and how their particular topic sits in a larger cultural context.

You’re invited to attend for the full afternoon or any one of the one-hour sessions. After 5:00 p.m., join us upstairs to celebrate the launch of the SIGHTLINES publication, with drinks and refreshments!

Center for Architecture, Tafel Hall 
1:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Address
Moderated by Ida Benedetto, SY Partners
Joseph Ramaswak on the experience of discovering books in the 21st century.
Karisa Senavitis on data and digital objects of collective care in medicine.
Alex Bevier on evaluating the impact of design on the player experience. 
Moderated by Anne QuitoQuartz/The Atlantic
Jiwon Woo on how fashion Influencers are forging new cycles of design.
Derek Bangle on why car design is dead.
Olivia Coetzee on lighting for safety in South African townships and informal settlements.
Moderated by Avinash RajagopalSuperscript, Metropolis magazine
Molly Woodward on reading New York City through its signs and letters.
Paul Olmer on the fraught relationship between craft and brands.
Emma Ng on designing a food system for the digital age.
4:30 p.m. Keynote Address: Author Akiko Busch
4:45 p.m. Closing Remarks and Awards
Center for Architecture, Hines Gallery
5:00–7:30 p.m. SIGHTLINES Launch Party