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


Lecture, Thesis Research, Video

Tabula Rubra: Critical Reflections on the Design of Mars

Mike Neal speculates about the opportunties presented by the of the colonization of Mars, specifically the tabula rasa upon which to impose the best of human technology and design to thrive in this alien environment.

Lecture, Thesis Research, Video

Cars, Car Sharing and the Future Pragmatic

In lieu of flying cars, we must consider more pragmatic ways of using vehicles. John Cantwell investigates one possible solution along these lines—the system of car sharing.

Lecture, Thesis Research, Video

Design in the Dark: Finding Meaning in the Multiplex

The movie theater is just one of many spaces that are rich in meaning, despite their banal veneers. To reevaluate such everyday spaces, Chappell Ellison proposes a Web site in which users are invited to upload an audio narration of a space they visit on a regular basis.

“Megaprojects have provided especially lucrative investment opportunities. Characterized by the revamping of large swaths of land and the creation of new neighborhoods comprising some blend of residential, commercial, and perhaps cultural spaces, these projects represent a new chapter in the evolution of city building, and an interesting cross-pollination of the two fiercely opposing viewpoints of twentieth century city planning—those of Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses.”

—Alex Klimoski

“The real value of the experience is actually what is not being pointed out by the sign. According to philosopher Vincent Descombes, ‘The character is at home when he is at ease in the rhetoric of the people with whom he shares life.’ The feeling of ‘home’ is accomplished by the colors, words, materials, objects, and distinctive design gestures that comprise the storefront. Its unique design captures the character of the neighborhood, which would feel alien if placed in a different part of the city.”

—Derek Edward Love