Peter Zec now President Elect of ICSID

Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, head of the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen for many years now, has been chosen as president elect of ICSID, the worldwide design association. He will take on the world’s most important office in the design scene as of 2005.

The election took place at the ICSID (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design) general meeting in Berlin on 12/13 September. As the non-profit umbrella organisation of design associations, ICSID unites around 150,000 professionals from over 50 countries. Its work focuses on the promotion of international design and professional education for young designers.

Markus Ferstera, Chairman of the Board of the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, commented: “Prof. Zec’s election is a special distinction. With their decision, the members of the world design organisation ICSID have rewarded not only his work in expanding the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen into a prestigious and internationally leading exhibition venue and meeting place for design, but also his long-standing personal commitment to the recognition of design as a significant economic factor. The election of Prof. Zec also demonstrates the international status the Design Zentrum has achieved under his leadership.”

Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, born in 1956, was appointed President of the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in 1991. Together with his team, he developed the former “Haus Industrieform” into a qualification and communication centre for business, politics and society with a global reputation. The red dot award from the Design Zentrum, conferred annually, is now regarded as one of the most prestigious international prizes for innovative design.

Prof. Zec has been appointed curator and initiator of “ENTRY 2005” by the Minister of Economic Affairs and Labour of the State of Nordrhein-Westfalen. This ambitious global forum for design and architecture, which is to take place in two years’ time at the Zollverein Mine in Essen, is intended to give an impression of how our lives will develop and change in the coming decades.