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. in  Brooklyn, He left advertising to head west and experience everything Silicon Valley had to offer. In the five 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. 

He resigned his position as an accessibility engineer and moved back to New York City in 2019 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.