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

Matt Shaw – SVA MA Design Research
Matt Shaw is the Executive Editor of The Architect’s Newspaper. He teaches critical writing at SCI-Arc and is the founder and co-editor of Mockitecture, a half-manifesto/half-satire collection of architectural debauchery. He has worked for the Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting (C-Lab), Storefront for Art and Architecture, Architizer, and been published in The Architectural ReviewBeyondDomus, and Icon. He wrote and researched two editions of the guidebook “Europe’s Top 100 Architecture and Design Schools” for Domus, and helped edit with Mark Foster Gage the forthcoming book Aesthetics Equals Politics: New Discourses Across Art, Architecture, and Philosophy (MIT Press, Spring 2019). Shaw has led the experimental research group Critical Method Unit (CMU) at Syracuse University NYC Architecture Program, and has been an invited critic at numerous schools including Yale University, Columbia University, Princeton University, Penn, and UCLA.

Selected Research & Writing