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

Aaron Chu – SVA MA Design Research

Like Peggy Olson from Madmen, Aaron began his career by running alongside the modern-day Don Drapers at Huge Inc, Brooklyn, building web apps that are used by millions by day, drinking whiskey neat by 4:30 pm and finding his own voice between bathroom breaks. Before causing any permanent damage to his liver, Aaron left advertising and headed west to experience everything Silicon Valley had to offer. In the 5 years that he spent in the Bay Area working as a user interface engineer and a researcher in software accessibility, Aaron saw but did not understand the hype about the tech mecca. Uninspired by the culture and underwhelmed by the people, Aaron was shocked into a pre-midlife crisis. He declared to his director that he needed to resign and go back to New York to find a man to marry. He resigned his position as an accessibility engineer and moved back to New York City in 2019 not to marry a man, but to marry his knowledge in software development with his research in accessible design. It is in this union that Aaron sees the lack of research and literature at the intersection of accessibility and design. As ableism continues to plague interface design and architecture, Aaron hopes to investigate and expose the history, politics, and maybe some gossip in the realm of accessible design.