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

Emily Leibin – SVA MA Design Research

Emily Leibin Ko works in the worlds of design, communications, and digital strategy. She holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute, and an MFA in Design Criticism from the School of Visual Arts. Her MFA thesis, “Hidden Nature: Elroy Webber’s Connecticut Valley Modern Homes,” was inspired by the mid-century modern architecture in the region where she grew up. Following graduate school Emily was a Fellow at the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, where she helped to launch the online Glass House Conversations, and continued to serve as editor for three years, working with leaders in art, architecture, design, landscape, and preservation, and the public, to create an engaging and thoughtful digital forum. As Communications Manager for the Glass House her work included digital strategy, design, writing, research, publications, editing the latest Glass House book published by Rizzoli, and working on the re-design of the Glass House e-commerce and retail presence in collaboration with Moss Bureau. In addition to consulting on design, communications, and digital strategy, Emily also works in the world of fashion, with a decade of experience designing footwear and handbags for a variety of brands including Built NY, DKNY, Keds, and currently G.H. Bass & Co.

Selected Research & Writing