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

Lori Philipson – SVA MA Design Research

Lori Philipson is well-credentialed in ways that, some have suggested, have little or no bearing on this program.  

Those naysayers must have forgotten that some years ago she developed a successful ad campaign to get her neighbors to proofread their building phone list  [photo of two hands labeled  “Do you have 10 digits?”], and that she was lauded in the early aughts by her daughter for a series of tiny wordless books published daily in a lunchbox.  

One of Lori’s friends, the personal assistant to someone you’ve definitely heard of, refers to her as “a hanger-on of the hangers-on.”  Early inclinations toward this wannabeeism were apparent during her years as a magazine editor and word-game creator, during which time she seated herself in the art department, swiveling in a drafting chair and “advising” on typefaces. 

In addition, over the last decades, she received notice in the real estate departments of various New York law firms for her ephemeral paper-clip-and-Post-It charm bracelets.

Lori is primarily interested in exploring whether the year 2020 will end, and if it does, whether anyone will have learned anything at all.