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

Susan Yelavich, “Thinking Design Through Literature” – SVA MA Design Research

Susan Yelavich, “Thinking Design Through Literature”

Thinking Design Through Literature deploys literature to explore the social lives of objects and places. The first collection of its kind, it embraces things as diverse as escalators, coins, skyscrapers, pottery, radios, and robots, and encompasses places as various as home, country, cities, streets, and parks. Here, fiction, poetry, and literary non-fiction are mined for stories of design, which are paired with images of contemporary architecture and design. Through the work of authors such as César Aires, Nicholson Baker, Lydia Davis, Orhan Pamuk, and Virginia Woolf, this book shows the enormous influence that places and things exert in the world.

This lecture is followed by a short Q&A and drinks reception, where you can take the opportunity to chat with our speaker as well as students and faculty of the program. This event free and open to the public, but you must RSVP to attend.

Susan Yelavich is Professor Emerita, Design Studies, Parsons School of Design, The New School, where she continues to teach in the MFA Transdisciplinary Design program. A Fellow of the American Academy of Rome and the Bogliasco Foundation, she is also a member of Scientific Committee for Design at the Politecnico di Milano. Her contributions to design and its scholarship span over four decades, including 25 years at Cooper Hewitt Museum. During that time she has published and lectured widely. Among her books are Thinking Design through Literature (Routledge, 2019), Design as Future-Making (Bloomsbury, 2014), and Contemporary World Interiors (Phaidon, 2007).