Interior designers, this is your Congress… and so much more.
This is not just another design congress. This is an opportunity to take an active part in kickstarting a global initiative. This is an international incubator for rethinking the designer’s mission and process. This is about more than just the latest trends — it is about your role as a creative leader in society, business, culture and governance. This is about our future. And how to transform it together by design.
Designing the future starts at home.
Visit the future before everyone else.
The World Design Summit is not only a global conference, but also a top-tier exposition. With over 25,000 visitors and a floor plan thought up by a team of leading architects and designers, the WDS Expo delivers maximum exposure and networking opportunities for exhibitors and visitors. Special features have been strategically located to ensure attendees fully explore the show floor — and that’s a good thing, because you won’t want to miss any of the products and innovations presented by hundreds of companies from around the world.Be part of an event that elevates design to a new level.
Shaping the next decade in design.
At an unprecedented Summit, 50 international organizations will convene to produce a joint declaration — a position statement that will identify the unique role, capacity, and value of design and design-related disciplines. Together, the participants will develop and put forth a declaration and 10-year implementation framework for continued global collaboration towards the shared objective: designing a better world for all.Help draft the blueprint for economic, social and political change.
Learn from today’s sharpest design minds.
Interior Design is about more than aesthetics. Learn how you can expand your practice to greatly improve people’s lives.
The WDS Congress keynote speakers are an impressive group of practitioners, thinkers, luminaries and rebels. Hailing from the six major design disciplines and beyond, these experts and innovators exemplify our vision of the designer as creative leader. Hear their perspectives and stories about how they changed the game — and apply their lessons to your own work.
Dr. Lucinda Kaukas Havenhand
Syracuse University - College of Visual and Performing Arts
The more that a person brings to design, the better his or her ability to communicate.
"The more that a person brings to design, the better his or her ability to communicate."
- Michael Vanderbyl
Changing the world of design together.
Our lineup of international speakers will share their accomplishments and innovative ideas about design — and so will you.
The WDS’s Scientific and Professional Committee has selected more than 600 of today’s most innovative interior design professionals to present their work and their perspectives on stage. Attendees will also be encouraged to share their views, connect, and collaborate to tackle the world’s most pressing issues. Are you up the challenge?
Top 5 reasons to attend WDS 2017
Designers, architects and planners from the world over, gathering under one roof to share perspectives, foster collaboration and cross-pollinate innovative ideas: no doubt about it, this is going to be epic.
1. Witness history.
Years in the making, the Summit of international organizations and agencies will release a joint Declaration, setting the stage for the next decade in world design. The Declaration will be a blueprint for design professionals to strengthen economy, culture, environment, and society.Design, redefined before your eyes.
2. Collaborate, learn and create.
Every WDS Congress participant is invited to attend workshops with top visionaries to achieve revolutionary design breakthroughs. At no additional cost, expand your skill-set and leave with fresh knowledge and perspective.Flex your design muscle.
3. Meet minds like yours.
Make genuine connections with fellow change-makers. Take advantage of this chance to interact with designers from all six disciplines. It’s the perfect opportunity to listen, share and help each other achieve greatness.Connect with the best.
4. Discover the next big thing.
Join thousands of visitors to discover, touch and witness design through a multitude of innovations. From smart cities to connected homes to high-tech solutions for both small towns and urban landscapes, the Expo will showcase cutting-edge products and breakthroughs.A world of possibilities awaits.
5. Join the festivities!
Find out what makes Montreal a UNESCO City of Design and enjoy all that it has to offer. This year the city is celebrating its 375th anniversary, and there are special events all year. October is the perfect time to visit, as the festival season is over and the weather is still mild. Montreal is a world-class destination that is as affordable as it is exciting. Keep in mind Canada’s favourable exchange rate and book your trip now!Montreal, a city to be experienced.
Be there and redesign the world.
Get full access to the Congress and Expo, and attend the opening ceremony.
Live a premiere, unique experience with peers from all over the world.
Save $100 with this special offer ending September 29.
- 5-Day Congress
- 4-Day Expo
- Opening ceremony
- 3 meal vouchers
*Plus applicable taxes
Frequently asked questions
What are the event dates?
The full event program runs from 16-25 October 2017.Congress 16-20 October 2017 Expo 17-20 October 2017 – for professionals 19 October 2017 – for the general public Summit of International Organizations *this is an invitation-only event* 23-25 October 2017 Design Pantheon 10-25 October
Where is the World Design Summit being held?
The World Design Summit is being held in Montréal, Canada. Official events are taking place at the Palais des Congrès, the city’s signature convention and exhibition centre, located at: 1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle Montréal, QC
How do I get to the Palais des Congrès?
There are a number of options available for accessing the venue. The Palais is directly connected to the Place-d’Armes metro station. For all the details, visit Palais Maps and Directions.
What is there to do in Montréal?
In 2017, the City is celebrating its 375th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of Expo ’67. It is also the 150th anniversary of Canada, making it a special time to visit, with many celebrations planned throughout the year. Visit our Welcome to Montréal page to explore more.
What support is there for the events?
The World Design Summit is honoured to be supported by the three levels of Canadian government: federal, provincial and municipal. The World Design Summit Organization is proudly partnered with Tourism Montréal and the Palais des Congrès, as well as industry leaders via our Sponsorship program.
Do I need a Visa to come to Canada?
To find out whether you need a visa, please visit the Canada Immigration and Citizenship website.Visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa.
How do I get a Visa letter?
If you are applying for a Visa to Canada in order to attend the World Design Summit and need an official invitation for your application package, email us your information at firstname.lastname@example.org
What hotels are near the venue?
We have negotiated exclusive prices for accommodation in hotels near to the event venue, the Palais des Congrès. For a full listing of these hotels, visit our Accommodation and Travel page.
How do I get to the venue from the airport?
There are a number of options available for transportation from the airport into downtown Montréal, including public transit. For all the details, visit our Accommodation and Travel page.
What is the difference between the Summit and the Congress?
Driven by the vision of how design can transform the future, the Congress and the Summit are different, but thematically related, events. The multi-disciplinary, multi-modal Congress is open to individuals from all design or design-related disciplines: all together under one roof to share perspectives, foster collaboration and cross-pollinate innovative ideas about how design can transform the future. The Summit is a historic gathering of 50 international organizations all with a common objective: developing an international action plan for harnessing the power of design to address pressing global challenges. International organizations representing design, architecture, urban planing and landscape architecture, are coming together for the first time with representatives of intergovernmental and supranational organizations and specialized agencies, such as UNESCO, OECD, UNEP and ICLEI. The Summit is invite-only, but there are a limited number of VIP Platinum Passes available for purchase, which will give access to this historic event. Our ambition with the Congress and the Summit Meeting is to break discipline silos by fostering true collaboration, both at the local grassroots and international governance levels.
The WDS 2017 preliminary schedule.
The 10-day global gathering at a glance.
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