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

Marcos Mercado – SVA MA Design Research

Marcos is an architect and urban developer working in Mexico City. He studied at the Iberoamerican University in his hometown. During his undergraduate study, he spent a year at the École Speciale d’Architecture in Paris while working for India Mahdavi. Since then he’s been interested in mid-century modern furniture design from Latin America. He is usually found in the antique markets in the look for unique pieces—collecting various items that have been exhibited in museums locally—just so that he can rearrange them in so many ways that his friends tend to come to his home to find a completely new layout he thought of overnight. Central to his work is the history of the urban fabric and its relationship to architecture and the human condition. He hopes to incorporate his passion for design in new ways of research in order to explore the limits of his practice.