Istanbul Design Summit
01.03.2019 – 02.03.2019
Istanbul, Türkei

Each nation has its own design policy – a vision that defines how design is thought and implemented nationally. The aim of the World Cities of Design summit is to highlight the importance of design policies in creative cities and to create a policy in a workshop. The importance of innovation is just as important as the value of design.

Istanbul Design Summit, is the design event that aims to announce the mission of the City of Design Istanbul, which has a rich design concept in the architectural texture, landscape areas, urbanism concept, craft and art field. Summit will serve as a hub and support Istanbul’s design ecosystem stakeholders, implement Design City Programs in the long term, encourage multi-disciplinary work, provide technological infrastructure, promote the visibility of young designers and enhance international cooperation and experience sharing.

A national design policy outline study will be conducted at the summit where design panels will be formed with a common idea base for the views of the Design Cities in the field of design policy. 31 Cities of Design representatives, creative cities network and design professionals will meet at the Istanbul Design Summit.

The Istanbul Design Summit was organized by Istanbul Design Bureau in cooperation with Creative industries Styria. The content of the “Design Policy” panel was planned and organized by Creative Industries Styria. Karl Stocker heads the panel “Better Design Better Life” and Sigrid Bürstmayr is invited as an expert for the panel “Sustainable Design”.

The full program can be viewed on the website.

Event Speakers

Luis A. Gonzalez-Arenal | Innovation & Design Commissioner of the State of Puebla
Luis A. Gonzalez-Arenal is a Mexican architect with more than forty years of active architectural practice who is the founder and principal & CEO of Rearquitectura (Rearchitecture), an urban and architectural design office based in Puebla, Mexico. He is a member of the Honor Society and Ex-president of the Puebla Institute of Architects, Life Member of the Mexican Institute of Architects and the Mexican Association of Architects, an International Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the UNESCO experts group on design and creativity. He is currently the Innovation & Design Commissioner of the State of Puebla.

Severin Filek | CE Design Austria
Severin Filek has been the Managing Director of designaustria – knowledge centre & interest organization, Austria’ s national representative body for professional designers since 1992.
From 1998-2000 Professor Severin Filek was the President of the Bureau of European Designers’ Associations (BEDA) and has been board member since then. He is one of the conceptional fathers of the BEDA Communication Series in Brussels and the BEDA European Design Report(s). Author of numerous contributions in books and magazines, he has been a lecturer and guest teacher nationally and internationally.

Bostjan Botas Kenda | Graphic Designer
Full Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Graduated in Editorial graphics at Istituto Europeo di Design, Milan, Italy. Botas is Vice-rector for art and creativity at University of Ljubljana.
He teaches visual communication at the several high-education programmes. He is the founder and partner of studiobotas (since 1991), a graphic design studio which concentrates on the letter as a visual sign, the book as a group of visual facts and the city as a system of identities. He lead the expert group for state design strategy in 2016-17.

Piotr Swiatek | Researcher – Design & Innovation Policy
Piotr works as a Researcher and Project Manager in the Design and Innovation Policy Team at PDR.
He has been involved in multiple projects focused on design-driven innovation in the public sector including, inter alia, developing design-driven innovation policies and support programmes for design, building capacity for design thinking in public sector, and testing new, design-based approaches in fields of political decision-making. Currently, Piotr manages the delivery of Design4Innovation and USER-FACTOR projects.

Päivi Tahkokallio | Founder and CEO of Tahkokallio Design+
Päivi, with her track record on strategic and social design has been called the mother of Arctic Design, a design approach to support sustainable development of the Arctic. Creator of the brand for the Arctic Design Week, she helped the city of Rovaniemi to partner up with Helsinki, the World Design Capital in 2012, and was the catalyst in the inclusion of arctic design in the national Arctic Strategy of Finland. Päivi has extensive experience in the inclusive approach to design. During the 20 years with the University of Art and Design Helsinki (now Aalto ARTS) and The National R&D Centre for Healthcare and Wealth, Päivi became an international advocate of Design for All, creating and leading the Design for All Network in Finland and actively participating in the work of European eAccessibility Design for All Network.

Michael Thomson | Founder and Director of Design Connect
As an independent design strategist and facilitator, Michael helps teams, businesses and organisations around the world evolve their visions and strategies for growth.
As President of the Bureau of European Design Associations, Michael initiated and led the high-level lobbying that persuaded the European Commission to include design in its Innovation Strategy in 2010 and subsequently authored its seminal report, ‘Design for Growth and Prosperity’.  A former Board member of the World Design Organisation, Michael created and directed ‘Shaping the Global Design Agenda’, the first ever international conference on national design policy held as a part of Torino World Design Capital 2008. 

Istanbul Design Summit 
Haliç Congress Center, Istanbul
1-2 March. 2019

The full event schedule can be seen here.