Iceland Design and Architecture is a center for promotion and information regarding design and architecture in Iceland. The center aims to showcase the importance of design for the Icelandic economy and society as a whole, emphasizing that Icelandic design is capable of incredible value creation. The center supports Icelandic designers in promoting themselves and their creations abroad.
Iceland Design and Architecture manages various design related projects, such as the Design Fund, which can support design projects at all stages of development and promotion. Another project the center organizes is Design March, an annual festival held in March with around 400 participants. A part of Design March are DesignTalks, where several internationally acclaimed designers have lent their expertise to inform and educate attendees. Iceland Design and Architecture also hosts the Iceland Design Award, publishes a magazine on Icelandic design and architecture and oversees the national Design Policy.
The center has provided numerous designers and architects in Iceland with opportunities, especially in relation to promotional activities that the center engages in. Events such as DesignTalks offer designers the chance to widen their horizons through introductions to different designers and their ideologies. Through distributions of the Design Fund and the center's other projects, opportunities for designers and architects within Iceland are more accessible and the industry better supported.
219,684 USD (30 million ISK) is allocated annually to the center from the Ministry of Industries and Innovation and the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.