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

Saundra Marcel – SVA MA Design Research

Saundra Marcel is the director of the NYC office of Real Art, a digital/physical creative agency that serves a growing roster of the world’s top brands. She works with teams of digital designers, print designers, industrial designers, developers, and writers to create unique experiences that artfully blend strategy, design, tech, and pop culture. Saundra’s design criticism and writing is published primarily in Design Bureau, a publication dedicated to inspirational dialogue on design disciplines. She has interviewed many notable voices in the field such as Karim Rashid, George Lois, Bjarke Ingles, Yves Behar, Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Graves, and Milton Glaser, among others. She is also published in Voice: AIGA Journal of Design, Metropolis Magazine, and Domus. Saundra speaks on design topics, and occasionally moderates onstage discussions. She has earned praise as a mentor and educator, where she has taught professional seminars examining aesthetic, ethical, and pragmatic issues related to design fields, and had previously served as director of the AIGA Cincinnati mentoring program for many years. Saundra’s goal as a design critic and writer is to be a persuasive voice that is interesting and accessible for any kind of creative individual. The topics she focuses on typically live at the intersection of design, technology, and popular culture.

Selected Research & Writing