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

Marisa Paz – SVA MA Design Research

Marisa received her Master of Architecture degree from Rhode Island School of Design (2013) and her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia (2008). She was born and raised in Ecuador, and her connection to Latin American culture manifests in her interest in applying creative-research methods to developing cities like Quito. She uses hybrid drawings and photographic processes like cyanotypes to depict the growth of cities. As a licensed architect, she has worked with Carlos Zapata, NYC, and locally with various Ecuadorian firms. She is currently an assistant professor at Universidad San Francisco de Quito.

Selected Research & Writing