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

Research – SVA MA Design Research


Excerpt, Thesis Research

Recreate: New Grounds for New York’s Playgrounds

Designed by architecture luminaries such as Michael Van Valkenburgh, David Rockwell and Frank Gehry, Kim Birks looks into innovations in children’s playgrounds in New York City.

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Permanence as a Criterion

Zach Sachs looks at the West’s conflicted valuation of an object’s permanence and offers a new perspective for designers and architects.

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Tinkering with Design: The Convergence of Design and Hacking

Avinash Rajagopal explores the convergence of the two dominant modes of creation 21st century and its role in realizing an open ecotopia, straight out of Buckminster Fuller’s theories and Bruce Sterling’s fiction.

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Design Crusades: A Critical Reflection on Social Design

Social design is the most interesting direction the design field has taken in the last generation, but it has yet to become a better practice. Vera Sacchetti tackles state of social design projects and demonstrates why good intentions are not enough.