Design Writing and Research Online Intensive

Associated Residency Program

As design's social and environmental implications become more profound, it is more important than ever to write about design engagingly and intelligently.

The Design Research, Writing and Criticism Department at the School of Visual Arts is pleased to offer an online writing summer intensive aimed at those who would like to refine their skills as thinkers, researchers and storytellers. For practicing designers, this is a chance to examine the profession and its impact through writing and publishing. Clear thinking, deep research and engaging expression are vital skills in a contemporary designer's tool kit. For creative professionals, this program offers methods and insights for understanding and writing compellingly about images, objects and spaces.

A range of writing genres and imaginative approaches will be introduced. Working individually and in small groups, participants will experiment with essential techniques such as interviewing, archive research, close observation, analysis and critique, and then to develop and finesse several projects. In addition to personal work, the team will collaboratively produce and distribute a publication.

Through a robust schedule of seminars, lectures and virtual field trips, the intensive offers students and working professionals a unique opportunity to study with a faculty composed of leading writers and editors, and engage in conversation with prominent designers, architects and urban planners.

By the end of the program, participants will have completed several pieces of writing, formulated ideas for stories, and garnered a robust set of tools and approaches for writing authoritatively and imaginatively about design. Faculty and lecturers have included Molly Heintz, Steven Heller, Karrie Jacobs, Jennifer Kabat, Adam Harrison Levy, Robin Pogrebin, Craig Taylor, Rob Walker and Mimi Zieger. Guest speakers and interviewees have included Nathan Adkisson of Local Projects, Interboro Partners, David van der Leer of DVDL Design Decisions, curator Ellen Lupton, Eddie Opara and Natasha Jen of Pentagram, photographer Chris Payne, Quilian Riano, and Damon Rich of HECTOR Designs.

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There is no application deadline
Residency Length
2 weeks - 2 weeks
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
Industrial Design
Environmental Arts
Landscape Architecture
Social Practice
Urban Planning/Design
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Stage of Career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Give artist talk or presentation
Accessible Housing
ADA Compliant
Meals Provided
No meals are provided
Studios/Special Equipment
Photo + Video Editing Suite
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Type of Housing
Additional Eligibility Information

To apply, please compile the following materials and submit them through our online application.

  • Work sample (see guidelines below)
  • Image list including title, medium, size and date (for visual work samples only)
  • Artist's Statement / Statement of Purpose (250-500 words)
  • CV
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Fee Details

Design Writing and Research Summer Residency

June 3-14, 2024



Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application