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

Karisa Senavitis – SVA MA Design Research

Karisa Senavitis is a partner at the design studio Will Work for Good. Since founding WWFG in 2007, her work has spanned realms of design, writing, workshop development, consulting, and publishing. Over time Karisa has positioned WWFG as an unconventional practice touching culture and care in both apparent and wayward forms. From 2011–2014 she embedded herself in big pharma dialogues around global public health projects; challenging assumptions, connecting strangers, and generating collective/connective mediums. More recently her project Policy People developed platforms for those who are called upon in the engineering of policy or seek to build solidarity around issues that are differentially felt. This work took shape as a website, a publication, and a symposium within the space of an art institution. In all of her work the intention is to navigate complexities, identify intersections, and make them sites of knowledge making/sharing/caring. Karisa studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Jan van Eyck Academie (NL). She has found homes for her studio in the suburbs of the Jersey Shore, a community-based printmaking studio in Silver Spring, MD, an East Williamsburg warehouse, a hospital, a gated adult community, the city of brotherly love, and now at SVA where her research will be exploring systems of socially engaged design and global health— especially the use of data in the management of risk.

Selected Research & Writing