Montreal (Canada), 25 February 2021 – The World Design Organization (WDO)® today launched its bid process to identify a host for the World Design Assembly™ in 2023. WDO is seeking proposals from bidding organizations interested in bringing the international design community to their city for one of WDO’s most convergent events.

On a biennial basis, WDO’s general assembly convenes approximately 150 participants from more than 40 countries including representatives from its membership, leadership, other INGOs, and key industry stakeholders. It is a three-day decision-making event on matters related to the organization’s mandate, as well as on issues affecting the future of the industry. The first day of the Assembly is the design research and education forum that hosts both industry and academic keynote speakers, in parallel with presentation sessions in alignment with a selected theme.

As expressed by WDO President, Mr. Srini Srinivasan, “Through shared interests, experiences and resources, the World Design Assembly provides an important platform for WDO members to be heard as a powerful voice. Since its inception in 1957, the Assembly remains a significant event for the international design community and our desire is to identify a host city that will enable us to work with organizations within the community that are also pursuing and showcasing design as a critical sector with influence on social change.”

Interested parties may download the guide to the bid process online. The submission deadline for bids is 11 June 2021, with a public announcement of the location and host for the 33rd World Design Assembly to be made in October at the 32nd World Design Assembly in Shunde (China).

For more information, please contact:
Natalie Dutil
Communications Manager

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