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

Donna Parrish – SVA MA Design Research

Donna works as a materials consultant for the architecture and interior design industries in New York and Boston. Her work focuses on the integration of comfort, emotional connection, craftsmanship, and surfaces throughout the design process. A graphic design graduate of Parsons School of Design, a Masters in Architecture graduate of the University of Virginia, and a Museum Studies graduate of Tufts University, Donna has built a cross-disciplinary skillset and applied it to environmental psychology, photography, architecture, interior design, and interactive experiences. Her true passion lies in research, investigating design materials and how people directly communicate with their environments; both meticulously recorded with photography. This program offers her the opportunity to collaborate with other passionate researchers and to develop new directions in which to frame her work for more effective application to environmental design.

Selected Research & Writing