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

Killeen Hanson – SVA MA Design Research

Killeen Hanson (she/her) is a designer, educator, and researcher based in Brooklyn, NY. Killeen Hanson is the founder and editor of the Sobremesa Reading Club, a publication and discussion series organized around an evolving library of individually-bound primary sources from voices, viewpoints, and geographies both iconic and overlooked.

She currently teaches design research within the School of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design, and consults as a design strategist with individuals and organizations pushing the boundaries of what is and what can be. Her ongoing research projects and collaborations explore the power of radical listening, the potential of objects as verbs, and the relationship between education, publication, and civic engagement.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with degrees in English Literature and French Language and earned a dual MFA in Applied Craft + Design from Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Art and Craft.