Montreal (Canada) – The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) has announced its first ever Review Panel for the 2013-2014 iteration of the World Design Impact Prize. Comprised of five international representatives including three Icsid Members and two experienced professionals in the field of design for social good. Collectively, this voluntary working group will select the shortlist of international projects being nominated. Collectively, this voluntary working group will select the shortlist of international projects being nominated. Following this, the Icsid Membership will vote to determine the final prizewinner during the Icsid General Assembly in 2013.

In addition to their contributions to assess all projects, the panel are also committed to champion the theme of socially transformative design and provide insights on how Icsid can continue to grow this initiative, which is now only in its second cycle.

The 2013-204 World Design Impact Prize Review Panel comprises (in alphabetical order):

Dr. Mark Breitenberg

Icsid Senator
Special Assistant to the President, Art Center College of Design (United States)

Dr. Mark Breitenberg is the Special Assistant to the President at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (California). From 2009 to 2012, he was the Provost at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and Oakland where he facilitated the launching of new programmes in Film and Interaction Design, created “Engage at CCA,” a community-based art and design programme, the Impact Social Entrepreneurship Awards and “Mix & Stir: a Startup Studio,” among many other initiatives. From 2009 to 2011 he was the President of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), where he championed the pilot World Design Impact Prize Award and was the chair of the World Design Capital Selection Committee. Dr. Breitenberg also served as Chair of the jury for the 2010 National Design Awards at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and was appointed to the San Francisco Arts Commission, Civic Design in 2010. As Dean at Art Center College of Design (2003-2009), he created a new curriculum uniquely designed to lead and support the studio programmes based on the transdisciplinary complement of liberal arts and sciences to studio practice. He also established a college-wide design research program, a new science curriculum with professors from Cal Tech and the Jet Propulsion Lab, and a new business curriculum, including Art Centre’s collaborative exchange with the INSEAD MBA programmes in Fontainebleau (France) and Singapore.

Roberto Cuervo

PhD Candidate (Colombia)

Roberto Cuervo is a Design and Creation PhD Candidate, an industrial designer by profession and holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota (Colombia). A design professor since 1993 and researcher in design theory, urban design and sound design, he has lectured at many international universities such as University of Vigo, Rioja and Polythecnic of Valencia in Spain; University of Colima and Iberoamericana in Mexico; Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala and Pontifical Catholic University from Ecuador. He is the winner of “Steel Pencil Prize” and a founding member of “Academic Network Design – RAD”; an organisation that connects more than 50 design programs in Colombia.

Zahra Ebrahim

Principal Designer and Founder, archiTEXT (Canada)
@zahraeb and @architext

Zahra Ebrahim is the Founder and Principal Designer of the design think tank and creative agency, archiTEXT. Trained in architecture, she brings together diverse groups to tackle the intersections of architecture and design with social change, to explore the impact of design and creativity on systems change. With this, she aims to engage the public in a discourse of design and design thinking as a mechanism for creative problem solving. At 24, Zahra was invited to teach at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) after which she spent two years serving as Innovator in Residence at Canada’s National Design Museum, the Design Exchange. She is also the co-lead on the Community. Design. Initiative., a legacy project engaging some of Canada’s most marginalised youth in architecture and design in Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods. In recent years she has become increasingly committed to exploring the space where design, creativity and play engage with systems change, sparking initiatives that create conversation and activate innovation.  Zahra is the co-founder of the Design Walk-In – a storefront design health clinic launched in 2012 and opening in cities across the globe. She is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, was a strategic partner of the Canadian team for the Venice Biennale 2012, participates in Jane’s Walks – specifically exploring bakery architecture and is an instructor at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. She has been the recipient of several innovation and entrepreneurship awards internationally, most recently as one of the Global Knowledge Partnership’s Top 100 Young Global Social Entrepreneurs.

Dr. Sultan Kaygin Sel

Design Architect, R&D Industrial Design team Vestel Electronics (Turkey)

Dr. Sultan Kaygin Sel received her Bachelor and M.Sc. degrees from Middle East Technical University Department of Industrial Design. She completed her PhD in the same department on ‘Industrial Design and The Mass Customization of Electronic Consumer Goods’. She worked as a research assistant at METU from 2001 to 2003. Since 2003, she has been at Vestel Electronics’ Industrial Design Department where she works on industrial design and the management of LED TV, All-in-One PC, smart boards, remote controls, satellite receivers and LED lighting projects. Her product designs have received several design awards such as iF, Plus X and A Design Award. She has managed R&D studies on the usability of user interfaces and is responsible for university-industry design collaboration projects.

Tricia Wang

PhD. Candidate; Visiting Scholar New York University’s Information Telecommunication Programme (United States)

Tricia Wang is a global tech ethnographer who researches how technology makes us human. She advises students, designers, organisations, and corporations on using Digital
Age ethnographic research methods to improve strategy, policy, services, and products. Her research has been featured in The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, Fast Company, Makeshift and Wired. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies including Nokia and GE and numerous institutions from the UN to NASA. She is a visiting scholar at New York University’s Information Telecommunication Programme. She is also an advisory board member of Rev Arts in New York City. She is currently writing a book about the Internet in China as an expressive space in which users uniquely shape their identities in an otherwise rigid society, a phenomenon she calls “the Elastic Self”.
For more information, please contact:

Mariam Masud
Icsid, Project Development Officer
t: + 1 514 448 4949 ext. 228

Natalie Dutil
Icsid, Communications Officer
t: + 1 514 448 4949 ext. 223

About the World Design Impact Prize

First launched in 2010, the inauguration of the Prize has provided Icsid with a unique opportunity to showcase industrial design driven projects from around the globe that have made a significant social, cultural, economic and/or environmental impact on quality of life.