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

Gemma Lord – SVA MA Design Research

Gemma is a British designer, explorer, and space enthusiast who struggles to stay in one place for very long. If she wants to impress someone, she would tell them that she investigates how design can be used as a medium to question social, cultural and political facets of emerging movements, technologies and phenomena. But in reality, she just wants a dog.

Gemma has a Masters in European Design from The Glasgow School of Art, and has also studied at l’ENSCI Les Ateliers in Paris and at Konstfack in Stockholm. Her journey through design has led to a broad range of experiences – from researching what would happen if Scotland became an Arctic-facing nation, to designing fictional creatures using synthetic biology.

Thinking it would be a good idea to try and be a grown up, Gemma became a member of Normally, a London based design studio. One of her main interests here is in seeking ways in which speculative design can be integrated with the practices of commercial design to reach tangential outcomes to projects. However she spends most of her time trying to escape London, either by bike, aeroplane, cargo ship or horse. Writing has always been a symbiotic part of the design process for Gemma, and she hopes that she will gain in ability and confidence on the Summer Intensive, so that she gets better at explaining what on earth it is that she is trying to do.