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

Essi Oikarinen – SVA MA Design Research

Essi Oikarinen is an architect and writer based in Helsinki. She currently works with writing, editing and communications in the field of architecture. She is particularly interested in the ways architects speak and write, and strives for finding more ways to make architectural language accessible for all. She was educated in the world’s northernmost School of Architecture in Oulu, Finland, and also works on an ongoing PhD project on the relationship between climate and architecture. When not admiring buildings she can be found knitting cardigans.