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

Marco Rathjen – SVA MA Design Research

Marco studied architecture in Berlin and computer science and digital arts at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. After working as a QA engineer for Fidelity in the Research Triangle, he relocated to Philadelphia to pursue a design research graduate degree at Drexel University. Marco is especially interested in the societal impact of design decisions and in the dichotomy of public and private spaces within cities—specifically their enforcement by architectural interventions. His graduate work at Drexel investigated design strategies to mitigate surveillance technology, especially biometric algorithms.

Selected Research & Writing