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

Mariam Aldhahi – SVA MA Design Research

Mariam Aldhahi is a writer, researcher and designer bouncing between design districts. Fascinated by the role design plays in shaping urban development, Mariam has dedicated her thesis work to the emergence of the Design District. Through research, strategy and writing, Mariam hopes to understand how these manufactured communities affect and influence the economy, politics and diversity of an urban setting.

Mariam has worked with Rockwell Group, Travel and Leisure, Princeton Architectural Press, Storefront for Art and Architecture and the Wolfsonian Museum on everything from strategy and marketing efforts to in-depth design writing. She is also a contributing author to BioArt, a book that examines the intersection of art and biology, set to be released by Thames & Hudson UK in 2015.