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

Elsbeth Ronner – SVA MA Design Research

With great enthusiasm and excitement, Elsbeth is joining the Summer Intensive for Design Writing and Research. Her background as an architect has allowed her to gain considerable experience in writing articles for various magazines and websites. Although writing for her, as a visual engineer, is not a natural form of expression, she finds it an enjoyable and effective way to think and communicate within her profession. For this reason, she would like to continue to practice and develop writing skills, both for colleagues and for a wider audience.

Having graduated as an architect from the Technical University of Delft, she set up the practice Lilith Ronner van Hooijdonk, which works on a broad range of projects, from the design of private homes to design research into “Ritual Architecture.” Besides working on these projects, Elsbeth finds it essential to be part of the discussion of trends and directions going on in her field. Critical reflection on built architecture or exhibitions can help to explore and advance new issues and challenges. Fortunately, she has been asked to contribute to these discussions on several occasions, which have often resulted in articles exploring new perspectives and broader contexts. She looks forward to practicing other writing techniques within the Summer Intensive and to develop skills to write for a wider audience beyond her peers.


Apart from work Elsbeth generally enjoys the good things in life: traveling (after NY to Houston to visit friends), sailing on the Dutch lakes, knitting socks for pregnant friends, and so on.