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 Vissonova, PhD

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.



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.


The institute is affiliated with

Art Quarter Budapest

1222 Budapest, Nagytétényi út 48-50. HUNGARY

International Summer School of Design MAD



MEONIN Design Studio

1064 Budapest, Izabella utca 78. HUNGARY

Nedill Food Design


1124 Budapest, Fürj utca 2. HUNGARY