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

Lisa Silbermayr – SVA MA Design Research

Lisa Silbermayr is an architect and designer based in Vienna, Austria. She received her Master of Science in Architecture from Vienna University of Technology, where she focused on Architecture and Design Theory. For the past twelve years she has been working in commercial environments as well as on funded research projects. She faces a variety of design problems in very different environments, ranging from social housing and ecological high-rise building to product design and art direction. Parallel to her work in architecture and design, she is involved in the independent biannual art magazine wtf! magazin as well as Salon Karton, an independent, guerilla-like cardboard-furnitecture project.

Lisa strongly believes that there is a fertile ground between theory and practice. In architecture practice, there is rarely time to step back and stretch the limits of building codes and economic ideals to generate innovative and more sustainable design solutions. She joins SVA MA Design Research to investigate opportunities made possible by critical thinking. Lisa hopes to concentrate her research and writing on the interrelation between environmental, social, and architectural conditions. She is looking forward to finding a pragmatic voice that can communicate between practitioners and critics.