Montreal (Canada) – The International Design Alliance (IDA) has now closed the call for interest for its 2015 IDA Congress. Full details regarding the bid process and conditions can be found at The deadline for proposal submissions was 7 December 2011.

The IDA is a strategic venture between Icsid, Icograda and IFI – the three international organisations representing industrial design, communication design and interior architecture/design. The IDA exists to reinforce and further the design community working together for a world that is balanced, inclusive and sustainable.

The IDA Congress is the sole collaborative project of the IDA recognised for its ambition to unite designers and their stakeholders—world bodies, governments, business and society—to shape regional and global agendas that further the impact of design. Together, design experts and industry thought leaders discuss and debate thematic topics that provide delegates with inspiration, ideas and professional guidance.

The biennial congress enables all stakeholders to explore the unique attributes of design disciplines through dedicated programme sessions, as well as multidisciplinary sessions that explore the strengths of collaboration between disciplines, in particular those of the IDA.

The benefits of hosting an IDA Congress include recognition for the host organiserʼs local region for design globally, high calibre speaker roster, international media coverage, lucrative sponsor and partnership building, long-term recognition and relationship with the networks of the IDA partner organisations, local and regional design alliance-building and support based on best practices of previous events organised by the IDA.

The inaugural IDA Congress will take place in Taipei, Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) from 24-26 October 2011. The 2013 IDA Congress will be hosted in Istanbul, Turkey from 17-19 November 2013. By combining the membership strength and global outreach of all three IDA Partners, the 2015 IDA Congress promises to attract international design professionals, promoters, educators and corporations from the memberships of the IDA partners, as well as delegates from the extended global design community and those with an interest or stake in design for a truly unique event.

The IDA invites bidders to propose a theme and innovative programme format that addresses both cross-discipline and specific content to the disciplines of the IDA, which will result in an enhanced awareness of the value of design and improved quality of life for all.

The 2015 IDA Congress Bid Manual is available for download via

For further information, please contact:

Susie Hall
Icsid Project Manager
IDA Congress
t: +1 514 448 4949 ext: 225

About the International Design Alliance (IDA)

Established in 2003, by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) and the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda), the International Design Alliance (IDA) is a strategic venture between the international organisations representing design. The IDA serves as the collective voice for all disciplines, advocating the mutual interest of all design professions. In September 2008, the IDA welcomed the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) to the alliance as the third partner.

The IDA partners have previously held individual biennial congresses and together they organised a ʻJoint Congressʼ every six years, including the following locations: 1981 – Helsinki (Finland), 1987 – Amsterdam (the Netherlands), 1993 – Glasgow (Scotland), 1999 – Sydney (Australia), 2005 – Copenhagen (Denmark). In 2011, the ʻIDA Congressʼ replaced the individual biennial and joint congresses.

International Council of Societies of Industrial Design

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) is a non-profit organisation that protects and promotes the interests of the profession of industrial design. Founded in 1957, Icsid serves as a unified voice of over 50 nations through which members can express their views and be heard on an international platform. Since its inception, Icsid has continued to develop its widereaching network of students and professionals devoted to the recognition, success and growth of the industrial design community.

International Council of Graphic Design Associations

Icograda (the International Council of Graphic Design Associations) is the world body for professional communication design. Founded in 1963, it is a voluntary assembly of organisations concerned with graphic design, visual communication, design management, promotion, education, research and journalism. Icograda promotes communication designers’ vital role in society and commerce and unifies the voices of graphic designers and visual communicators worldwide.

International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers

The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) is the global voice and authority for professional Interior Architects/Designers. IFI is the sole international federating body for Interior Architecture/Design organizations, and acts as a global forum for the exchange and development of knowledge and experience, in worldwide education, research and practice. IFI connects the international community in order to further the impact, influence and application of the design of interiors, promote global social responsibility, and raise the status of the profession worldwide. Founded in 1963 as a not-for-profit, Limited Liability Company to expand the international network of professional Interior Architects/Designers, membership includes associations, institutions, design firms and businesses in every continent, collectively representing more than 100,000 practicing Interior Architects/Designers worldwide.