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

Frederico Duarte – SVA MA Design Research
Frederico Duarte studied communication design in Lisbon and worked as a designer in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Treviso, Italy. From 2003 to 2006 he was in charge of programming and communication at ExperimentaDesign, Lisbon’s design biennale. Since 2006 he has been working as an independent writer, critic and curator on publications, exhibitions and other projects in his native Portugal and abroad. He has taught in design programs at Parsons the New School of Design, ESAD Caldas da Rainha and the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Fine Arts. In 2010 he graduated from D-Crit with his thesis on the influence of social changes on product and furniture design in Brazil, a research that sparked an ongoing interest in Brazilian design and architecture expressed in articles, essays, lectures and workshops. From October 2014 he is pursuing this interest in a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD at the Victoria & Albert Museum and Birkbeck College, University of London.


Selected Research & Writing