Montreal (Canada), 24 November 2022 — World Design Organization (WDO)® announced today the panel of seven experts who will comprise the Selection Committee for World Design Capital® (WDC) 2026. With expertise in both the public and private sectors, as well as the fields of design anthropology, urban studies and industrial design, the group is well poised to select the organization’s tenth WDC city. 

The WDC 2026 Selection Committee will consist of (in alphabetical order):

  • Ini Archibong: Designer, Creative Director; Founder, Design by Ini
  • Xavi Calvo: CEO, World Design Capital Valencia 2022 
  • Dan Hill: Director, Melbourne School of Design
  • Richard Hsu: Cultural Strategist; Adjunct Professor, Tongji University, School of Design and Innovation 
  • David Kusuma: Senior Vice President of Product Management and Innovation, Oregon Tool; President, World Design Organization 
  • Anna Kirah: Design Anthropologist and Psychologist, Design without Borders 
  • Mary W. Rowe: President and CEO, Canadian Urban Institute 

The members of the selection committee will be tasked with individually evaluating the bids and collectively discussing and debating the merits of each in a series of meetings. Their evaluation is based on a number of criteria, including the ways in which citizens benefit from the use of design in city planning, the capacity to organize and finance a year-long programme of design events, the mobilization and participation of the wider design community, the general population and visitors, as well as the fostering of a wider dialogue on urban revitalization strategies.

The committee is responsible for shortlisting and ultimately selecting which city will be awarded the designation. 

For more information about the WDC 2026 bidding process or to download the application guide, visit The deadline for applications is Friday, 31 March 2023.

About World Design Organization

World Design Organization (WDO)® is an international non-governmental organization and the international voice for industrial design. We advocate for Design for a Better World, promoting and sharing knowledge of industrial design-driven innovation that enhances the economic, social, cultural, and environmental quality of life. Today, WDO services over 185 member organizations, representing thousands of industrial designers around the world.


About World Design Capital

Designated every two years by the World Design Organization, World Design Capital® (WDC) recognizes cities for their effective use of design to drive economic, social, cultural, and environmental development. Through a year-long programme of events, the designated city showcases best practices in sustainable design-led urban policy and innovation that have reinvented their city and improved quality of life. Previous WDCs include Torino (Italy) in 2008, followed by Seoul (South Korea) in 2010, Helsinki (Finland) in 2012, Cape Town (South Africa) in 2014, Taipei (Taiwan, Chinese Taipei) in 2016, Mexico City (Mexico) in 2018 and Lille Metropole (France) in 2020. Valencia (Spain) holds the title for 2022 and the cities San Diego (USA) and Tijuana (Mexico) will jointly hold the first binational designation in 2024.

For further information, please contact:

Eric Lauwers, WDO Programmes Manager: