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

Natalia Viera – SVA MA Design Research

Natalia Viera is a Puerto Rican freelance journalist and collaborator for the art magazine of the University of Puerto Rico, Visión Doble, where she has written articles about various art forms and covered gallery shows and exhibitions. Recently she has been drawn to write about the process of creating, considering her interests of comparing what happens in the gallery versus what goes on at the studio and the personal space in which a piece is created.

She became interested in the Design Writing and Research Summer Intensive at SVA program after writing about the art for the past two years in several magazines. Last year she had the experience of managing a muralist event for several artists supported by San Juan’s current Major, Carmen Yulín Cruz. Some of her responsibilities were to place over 400 student artworks from all over the island at some of the metro stations in San Juan, for the Urban Culture Fair, 2014. She had the experience of creating web content, coordinating artistic and cultural events, and creating forums to integrate the community on discussing lectures on issues such as access to public space and urbanism. Her interests for other arts also include visual anthropology, cinematography, and photography. Being bilingual, one of her passions includes Latin American literature and chronicles.