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

Paul Olmer – SVA MA Design Research

Paul is a designer, carpenter, and painter. He is a partner and Designer at Hewn Bros., Inc., a small but feisty design firm in Brooklyn, NY.

Paul lies awake at night thinking about process.

His focus during his time at SVA will be the design process and how small decisions cascade and impact design.

He is especially curious about the idea in your sketchbook that you haven’t shared, and why.

Selected Research & Writing