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

Becky Quintal – SVA MA Design Research

Becky Quintal is the executive editor of ArchDaily. She holds a degree in architecture from Princeton University, an MFA in design criticism from the School of Visual Arts and an MDes from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Before transitioning to online publishing, she worked with Bjarke Ingels, OMA/AMO, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Jesse Reiser and Stan Allen.

Her primary focus while working on architecture publications is to communicate and translate architecture for non-architect audiences. Becky’s research has ranged from an examination OMA’s proposed Torre Bicentenario for Mexico City, to an analysis of architectural drawings published in late-nineteenth/early-twentieth-century New York newspapers. Her writing has been featured in the Architect’s Newspaper, CLOG, and The Designer’s Review of Books.

Between 2009-2011, she worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam as a research and editorial assistant for both the Project Japan book and the Cronocaos exhibition for the 2010 Venice Biennale. Following graduation from SVA’s Design Criticism program, she worked briefly for BIG in New York before enrolling at Harvard. Becky currently lives in Santiago, Chile.

Selected Research & Writing