montréal design declaration moving forward

27.03.2018 News

Left to Right: Flemming Borreskov (IFHP), Regitze Marianne Hess (IFHP), Eija Salmi (Cumulus), Bart Ahsmann (BEDA), David Grossman (ico-D), Päivi Tahkokallio (BEDA), Elsebeth Gerner Nielsen (Cumulus), Alok Nandi (IxDA)


On 24 October 2017, representatives of the international community of designers, architects, planners and landscape architects adopted the Montréal Design Declaration. The Declaration proclaims the potential of design to achieve global economic, social, environmental and cultural objectives and includes a dramatic call to action to professionals, educators and governments as well as a list of proposed projects. As mandated by the Montréal Design Declaration, the three international Founding Partners  have reconstituted the Design Summit Meeting Steering Committee.

The new Steering Committee is now composed of the following six members:

Bureau of European Design Associations (BEDA)
Interaction Design Association (IxDA)
International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media (Cumulus)
International Council of Design (ico-D)
The International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP)
International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)

The members of the Steering Committee have conducted their first official meeting in Copenhagen, where they agreed that, going forward, the Steering Committee will prioritise and initiate Projects outlined in the Declaration, and determined to work towards future Summits (estimated for 2020 and 2023).

At this stage of the process, they invite their colleagues—international design organisations as well as international bodies wishing to collaborate with the design community— to join the expanding network.

Read the Communiqué #1 to Montréal Design Declaration Signers and Summit Meeting Participants (14 March 2018) .


For enquiries please contact:

Jovana Milović 
Secretariat Coordinator
Design Summit Meeting Steering Committee

Please download the Montréal Design Declaration and visit the Design Summit Meeting Steering Committee Facebook Page.


The Montréal Design Declaration

The signing ceremony of the Montréal Design Declaration was conducted on 24 October 2017 at the Palais des Congrès in Montréal, and signed in the presence of three UN agencies (UNESCO, UN-Habitat, UN Environment) by the fourteen international organisations and partners who collaborated to draft the document and four additional design organisations. 

The Declaration is a Call to Action. On one hand, it is a call to governments, educators, civil and private sectors to engage with design, utilise and recognise it through Design Advocacy, Development of Design Metrics, Development of Design Policies, Development of Design Standards, Enhancement of Design Education. It is also a call to designers themselves to step into a leadership role, reconceiving themselves as “ambassadors” of end-users, calling for more Responsive, Responsible and Vigilant Design, and Recognition of Design in the face of global challenges.

As part of the intent to go forward, the Declaration outlines a list of 20 proposed Projects. These include a range of collaborative projects to: develop metrics to measure design impact; develop a common and inclusive language to communicate the value of design; launch projects to help raise living standards, healthcare, transit; make design available to low-income populations; and to create mechanisms for ongoing, improved dialogue and collaboration with governments so that these intentions become reality. Projects also propose creating models of design education for youth and to promote lifelong learning; to showcase how design improves sustainability and resiliency, to creates resources, tools and standards of accreditation to support designer communities, and finally, to carry out projects that will generate statements of support for the Declaration itself, so that its message and agenda spread far and wide.


Montréal Design Declaration Official Website
Design Summit Meeting Steering Committee Facebook Page