Above: Representatives of Icsid, Icograda, IFI and Montréal International at the 13 September 2008 signing ceremony.
The International Design Alliance (IDA)
The International Design Alliance (IDA) is a strategic venture between the international organisations representing design. The alliance was created by founding partners Icsid and Icograda and ratified by their respective General Assemblies in September 2003. In September 2008, the IDA welcomed the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) to the alliance as the third partner.

The alliance is based on the desire of its partners to "do together what they cannot do alone," concentrating on opportunities arising from multidisciplinary collaboration.


The design community working together for a world that is balanced, inclusive and sustainable.


To bring the benefits of design to world bodies, governments, business and society.


  • To serve as the collective voice of design
  • To develop and share knowledge of design around the world
  • To stimulate innovation through multidisciplinary design collaboration
  • To promote the mutual interest of all design professions
  • To encourage the use and value of design by building relationships with world bodies


The International Design Alliance (IDA) is governed by the IDA Executive Committee, which consists of nine members. These members are appointed by the Executive Boards at the first board meeting immediately following the General Assemblies of each partner and serve until the next General Assembly.

2011-2013 IDA Executive Committee Members

Rotating Chairpersons

  • Prof. Soon-in Lee, Icsid President
  • Ms. Shashi Caan, IFI President
  • Ms. Iva Babaja, Icograda Secretary General

Committee members

  • Mr. Brandon Gien, Icsid President Elect
  • Ms. Gitte Just, Icograda Treasurer
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, Icsid Senator
  • Mr. Lawrence Zeegen, Icograda Vice President
  • Ms. Madeline Lester, IFI Past President
  • Ms. Dilki de Silva, Icsid Secretary General
  • Ms. Marilena Farruggia, Icograda Managing Director

IDA Congress

The IDA Congress is the primary event for dialogue between designers and stakeholders of design in a summit format. After an international competitive bid process, the inaugural 2011 IDA Congress was awarded to the Taiwan Design Centre and took place in Taipei, Taiwan (Chinese Taipei). For more information, please visit the IDA Congress website http://www.idacongress.com/

Partner initiatives

The IDA partners lead individual projects whose content and outcomes are shared to facilitate the development of international best practice. These initiatives reflect the IDA's mandate to act as the collective voice for design.
IDA Inauguration, Montreal (Canada) May 2005
International Design Alliance unveils new visual identity for the IDA Congress