The studio is on the campus of the Academy of Art College. It is headed by Al Flowers, a senior designer with Nissan Design America. Eventually, the center will have five full-time designers, including one from Nissan Technical Center in Japan.
Flowers said the studio was established to take advantage of a different atmosphere and setting. Nissan also wants to work closely with students. Most of the work will be with digital modeling, Flowers said.
Nissan's primary U.S. studio is in La Jolla, near San Diego.