The Institute of Advanced Design Studies is a non-profit organisation and an independent educational platform. The Institute’s funding model is based on tuitions, subsidies and donations.

The Institute works to complement existing education programmes and to increase educational diversity for sustainability across disciplines. Our profits will therefore always be directed towards funding new educational initiatives, researchers and research fellowships, and scholarships.

The Institute works with selected industry partners by offering training and an independent research to R&D projects that match our values.


Karina (b.1975) is a design researcher, creative thinker and an innovation strategist with extensive experience working within R&D, product development and business innovation. Karina attained her doctorate in Design with a focus on Philosophy of Design and Sustainability at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2016. Karina works on strategic development for various green innovation projects and initiatives, as strategist, board member, and guest lecturer, primarily in the Nordic region.

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Róbert Héjja, PhD

Róbert (b.1966) has an M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics and Ph.D. in Economics from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Robert is a private investor since 2010,  experienced in green investments, as well as private equity and real estate related transactions. As well as being a licensed financial broker, Robert is a registered chartered accountant in Hungary, and acts as board member for various companies, foundations, and non-profit organisations.



course coordinator: judit boros

Judit Boros is a product and service designer from an engineering background with expertise in user research and concept development for art&tech and biotech projects. Her expertise has engaged her in diverse design education activities, such as the Service Design Expert course at MOME (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design). Her practice involves strategic design consultancy for service/business development for large service providers, start-ups and NGOs. Since 2017, Judit is a Ph.D. candidate at the Environmental Sciences and Policy Department of the Central European University (CEU), investigating the role of design in integrating nature-based solutions (NBS) into urban environments.


The Institute is based at Art Quarter Budapest, an international contemporary art centre dedicated to the development of art and new media. Located in the vibrant city of Budapest, it consists of several buildings with indoor and outdoor exhibition space, workshop studios, residencies and common rooms. Since its launch, The Art Quarter Budapest has become internationally known as a cluster for progressive art, media and the creative industries in Hungary.


The Institute began its collaboration with Art Quarter Budapest in 2018 with a common goal of advancing knowledge in the fields of Art and Design. Our extra- curriculum workshops and short interdisciplinary courses are run in collaboration with the Art Quarter Budapest.


1222 Budapest, Nagytétényi út 48-50. HUNGARY


The name MAD is derived from the keywords describing the concept of the school—Man and Design.

MAD brings together designers, artists, craftsmen, and scientists – people who are unlikely to meet under different circumstances. Here, theories and hypotheses are tested in practice by creating new things and experiences. Philosophical foundation and realization of the works are evaluated equally and their realisation is made meaningful. MAD embraces soft definitions of design and art, by creating useful as well as aesthetic objects. Crafts play the central role in teaching activities at MAD. With the work with traditional materials such as wood, stone, clay and fiber, students experience the passion of creating, while being limited by the laws of materials and the discipline of the craft.


The Laboratory for Artificial Biology was established in 2014 by Martin Hanczyc, as part of the Centre for Integrative Biology (CIBIO) at the University of Trento. Their research seeks to integrate various functional aspects of artificial life, synthetic life, and natural life. Their expertise is in interfacial dynamics, modeling of complex chemistry, optimization strategies, robot-chemistry interfaces, fundamentals of intelligent materials, synthetic biology, and new bio-inspired materials for designs of architecture and engineering.



MEONIN Design Studio

1064 Budapest, Izabella utca 78. HUNGARY

Nedill Food Design


1124 Budapest, Fürj utca 2. HUNGARY