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

Shravani Rao – SVA MA Design Research

Shravani Rao is an architecture graduate from RV College of Architecture, Bangalore.

Her interest in the sociology of architecture (triggered by a childhood in different Indian cities, each with its own distinct character and sense of place) brings her to SVA to study Design Research, Writing & Criticism, in order to understand how public discourse enforces the connections between design, cities, and people.

Shravani has worked as a Design and Research associate at Resurgent India, an urban action organization focusing on design interventions, participatory planning, and civic advocacy. Shravani is a staunch advocate of a collaborative approach to design thinking, having worked alongside an interdisciplinary team on diverse issues ranging from women’s safety to mobility strategies to adaptive reuse. She has also worked in marketing and communications at Venkataramanan Associates, a leading architecture firm in Bangalore, and as research associate at MOD Institute on heritage documentation and tactical urbanism projects.

Shravani loves perusing maps, and can spend hours exploring Google Earth. She enjoys haiku, photography, and swapping travel stories.