Design Summit

2017 Congress of the World Design Summit


Purchase Tour Tickets

The CSLA and the AAPQ are pleased to announce several tours which will be offered during the Congress of the World Design Summit. Learn more here…

Register for the IFLA Student Charrette

Scroll down to learn more about the IFLA Student Charrette. The cost of registration is $30.

Last Call for Proposals

The deadline for the last call for proposals is August 6th. Learn more…

The 2017 IFLA, CSLA and AAPQ Congress of the World Design Summit will be held in Montréal, Québec, October 16-19, 2017.

The themes of the Congress are:

  • design for participation
  • design for earth
  • design for beauty
  • design for sale?
  • design for transformation
  • design for extremes.

Plan to attend

1. Learn about the Congress of the World Design Summit and the Congress topics in landscape architecture

2. Consult the provisional program of events for landscape architecture

3. Register for the event (note: if you cannot locate your membership number, please use the code CSLA2017)

4. Book your room at the official IFLA and CSLA Hotel, The Bonaventure Hotel: CLICK HERE to make a reservation. 

Other hotels are also available:

  • The Holiday Inn Montreal Centre-Ville, 2 min walking to the Congress Venue, Single room 219$ CAN dollars/night – breakfast not included, +1-514-878-9888 / +1-888-878-9888 or by email at
  • Hotel Le Dauphin Downtown Montreal, 4 min walking to the Congress Venue, Single room 172$ CAN dollars/night – breakfast included CODE: SOMMET MONDIAL DU DESIGN  Reservations at 1-888-784-3888 or 514-788-3888 or by email at

IFLA Student Design Competition

The deadline for the Student Design Competition is September 12th, 2017. While the briefs are available in other languages, please note that the definitive versions are in English and French.

To participate in the Student Design Competition, consult the brief (below) and submit the entry form well before the deadline. You will be invoiced for the registration fee once you submit the entry form. To be eligible, your submission fee must be paid before the deadline.

Student Design Competition Brief (in English)

Entry Form for the Student Design Competition

Student Design Competition Brief (in Arabic)

Student Design Competition Brief (in Chinese)

Student Design Competition Brief (in Spanish)

Note d’information pour le concours étudiant FIAP

Formulaire de soumission pour le concours étudiant FIAP

IFLA Student Charrette

Read the IFLA Student Charrette Brief

A charrette will be held from October 13-15 at the Université de Montréal. The cost of participation in the charrette is $30 CAN. To register for the Charrette, CLICK HERE.

Meet the Keynote Speakers for Landscape Architecture

Timothy Morton, Nina-Marie Lister and Dirk Sijmons will be the keynote speakers for landscape architecture at the World Design Summit in October 2017.

Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University. He gave the Wellek Lectures in Theory in 2014 and has collaborated with Björk, Haim Steinbach and Olafur Eliasson. He is the author of Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence (Columbia, 2016), Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism (Chicago, 2015), Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (Minnesota, 2013), Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (Open Humanities, 2013), The Ecological Thought (Harvard, 2010), Ecology without Nature (Harvard, 2007), eight other books and 160 essays on philosophy, ecology, literature, music, art, architecture, design and food. Timothy Morton has developed a deep and unconventional perspective on ecology and our relationship with nature.

Nina-Marie Lister is Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor in the School of Urban + Regional Planning at Ryerson University in Toronto. A Registered Professional Planner (MCIP, RPP) trained in ecology, environmental science and landscape planning, she is the founding principal of PLANDFORM, a creative studio practice exploring the relationship between landscape, ecology, and urbanism. Prof. Lister’s research, teaching and practice focus on the confluence of landscape infrastructure and ecological processes within contemporary metropolitan regions, with a particular focus on resilience and adaptive systems design.

Dirk Sijmons (M.Sc. Engineering) (b.1949, the Netherlands), is a landscape architect and a founding partner of H+N+S Landscape Architects (since 1990). H+N+S Landscape Architects received the National Prince Bernard Culture award in 2001. In 2002 Dirk Sijmons received the Rotterdam-Maaskant award for his contribution to landscape theory and his role in the national debate. Among his many contributions, Sijmons was appointed as the first State Landscape Architect of the Netherlands for the period 2004-2008. This new appointment was meant to advise the Dutch government on landscape matters. The 2008 publication, Greetings from Europe, a book addressing the influence of tourism on landscape, is the result of a European wide initiative he took as a State advisor.