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

Manasi Pophale – SVA MA Design Research

Manasi Pophale recently graduated from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, with a MA in Narrative Environments. During the course she collaborated with colleagues from varied cultural and professional backgrounds, and this experience expanded her approach to design thinking. She worked on future forecasting projects for Arup Foresight and Innovation and place-making projects in Cagliagi, Italy and Shanghai, China. Her final masters project was an exhibition that explored the narrativity of History through the comparison of high-school history textbooks from different parts of the world. The project led to an interest in discourse analysis and the power of the written word in design experiences.

Her graduate degree is in Exhibition Design from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She is interested in expanding her role as a spatial designer through the process of collective curation and locating her practice in the cultural sector. She is attending the SVA Design Writing and Research Summer Intensive to craft writing that contemplates the created and imagines the yet to be. Manasi is also interested in Hindustani classical music and swing dancing. A recent introduction to the practice of oral history has caught her attention, as she believes that people are at the center of design practices, and that our collective experiences shape the material world.