advanced Design Education

The Institute of Advanced Design Studies (IADS) is a new educational platform offering advanced design studies to postgraduate students interested in sustainability. Our programmes have an emphasis on exploring new ways to assess the total impact and potential outcomes of design manifestations.

Our educational platform is to launch a new wave of multidisciplinary design thinkers across professions. Our courses are moderated by influential leaders who believe that it is time to engage Design Thinking to solve global challenges and advance designs that will benefit humanity and the environment.


The Institute hosts a selected range of educational initiatives, most notably a one year course in Advanced Design Studies for Sustainability. This course offers highly immersive, co-creative and inter-disciplinary design studies to postgraduates of various disciplines. We will launch the Institute’s first annual class of 25 postgraduate students who will spend the coming year together working intensively with some of the world’s leading experts in sustainability and ecology, design, product and service development, and technology.

Intense interaction with these experts from around the world will allow our students to collaborate as part of an immersive learning experience with the shared ambition of shaping comprehensive design-based solutions. The course is set to start in October 2020 in Budapest.


The current shift in paradigm is from the industrial production model to circular and transformation economy that demands new, sustainable ways of design and value generation.

The complexity of the environmental issues, geopolitical issues and the shifts in socio-economic setups require a new wave of professionals able to think critically and act in multidisciplinary domains.

The Institute gives the space and time for the young postgraduates to fully develop their own skills and leave with new tools and thinking on how to make meaningful contributions to our global society and our planet.

Inspired by the early Hochschule fur Gestaltung (HfG) Ulm, Germany, the Institute brings the theory to bear on practice, to inspire and to influence the actions taken in traditional design, architecture, science, technology engineering (etc.) practices.

Like the post war period in which the Hochschule in Ulm was founded, global society is facing a situation where a re-building of our society is necessary, not to revive industries and build more homes, but to adapt our current organisations and systems to a world lead by principles of ecology, sustainability and resilience.




At the heart of our approach is an integrated view of Philosophy of Design and Ethics as vehicles for critical and sustainable thinking across all disciplines. The Institute functions as a co-lab for design as a Productive Science, Design Philosophy and methodology. Our students apply a multidisciplinary approach to theoretical and practical problem solving.

We build our annual course in Advanced Design Studies for Sustainability on interdisciplinary theme based modules.

The students work together to frame and solve a challenge within the given theme, under the guidance of their course moderator. The idea of exploring how scientific and technological discoveries, developments and processes can be best applied to benefit humanity and the environment is at the top of the agenda.

The Institute of Advanced Design Studies is where design, science, technology, socio-economic trends, human behaviour and ecology are seen as intersecting elements: each being essential to the future prospect of the other, and together forming a comprehensive whole on which to base the designs of our sustainable future.
— Karina Vissonova, Founder


A New Wave of Multidisciplinary Design Thinkers
To bring about a new wave of Design Thinkers in diverse disciplines who drive radically increased sustainability.


Developing Design for Sustainability as a skill base for all types of professionals.
To increase the practical role of Design as a set of skills in all disciplines, thus bridging developments in Science and Technology with the current and projected needs of our global society.


To provide world-class Advanced Design Studies for Sustainability.
We aim to develop Interdisciplinary Design for Sustainability as a skill base for solving complex ecological and socio-economic problems with all types of professions by:

1. Introducing Design Philosophy and Ethics as a discipline for deeper contextual work in problem- solving and value generation especially in the matters of social and environmental sustainability.

2. To bring Design Thinking and co-creative design tools, methods and processes to all types of experts, including scientists, technologists, engineers, biologists, ecologists, artists and philosophers.


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