The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (soon to be named World Design Organization, effective 1 January 2017) today announced the members of the World Design Capital® (WDC) 2020 Selection Committee. They are:


Kate Brown

Sustainability Director at the Grosvenor Group, who drives the Living Cities initiative to help create attractive and sustainable cities.


Emilio Cabrero

Co-founder of the multidisciplinary firm C Cúbica Arquitectos and of Design Week Mexico, who promotes design as a key change maker for economic, social and cultural development. Emilio also heads up the WDC 2018 Office.


Zach Caceres

Executive Director of the Startup Cities Institute, who promotes a new approach to urban rehabilitation, governance, and development.


Mugendi M’Rithaa

Icsid President and Professor of Industrial Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, who has a keen interest in socially responsible design.


Andrew Tuck

Founding editor of Monocle in the UK and host of the radio show The Urbanist, who is dedicated to making better cities.

These five international experts are tasked with evaluating the WDC 2020 bids, shortlisting the cities, and ultimately deciding which city will be awarded the biennial title of World Design Capital 2020.

Icsid President and member of the Selection Committee, Prof. Mugendi M’Rithaa today said, “I am indeed honoured to be among this prestigious group. I look forward to reviewing the applications of cities that have effectively used design to reinvent themselves, making their cities more attractive, competitive, efficient, livable, and sustainable.”

The public call for applications will be launched on 13 October 2016 at the opening ceremony of the WDC Taipei 2016 International Design House Exhibition, when Icsid will officially invite design effective cities from around the world to vie for the opportunity to become the 7th World Design Capital.

About Icsid

Founded in 1957, Icsid (soon to be named the World Design Organization, effective 1 January 2017) is an international non-governmental organization that promotes the profession of industrial design. Icsid advocates industrial design driven innovation that creates a better world, engaging more than 140 member organizations in collaborative efforts and international programming, such as World Design Capital®, World Design Talks, World Design Impact Prize, World Industrial Design Day, and Interdesign. Icsid has United Nations Special Consultative Status. Visit

About WDC

Icsid designates the World Design Capital® (WDC) every two years to recognize a city’s innovative use of design to strengthen economic, social, cultural and environmental development. Through a year-long programme of design-related events, WDC provides a platform to showcase best practices in design-led urban policy and innovation, increase civic engagement, as well as attract business and tourism. First launched in Torino (Italy) in 2008, WDC has also been awarded to Seoul (South Korea) in 2010, Helsinki (Finland) in 2012, and Cape Town (South Africa) in 2014. Taipei is WDC 2016 and Mexico City will be WDC 2018.

For more information, please contact:

Jessica Hanson
WDC Programme Manager
t: +1 514 448 4949 ext. 224

Augie Van Biljouw
Director of Communications
t: +1 514 448 4949 ext. 228