Madrid Design Festival has counted, from its inception, with the collaboration of an advisory committee composed of experts, specialists in different fields.

The committee members in 2020 are: Deyan Sufjic, Juli Capella, Marisa Santamaría, Ippolito Pestellini and Pilar Marcos.

Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli

Ippolito joined OMA in 2007 and became a partner in 2014. Ippolito’s work at OMA / AMO has a focus on research and curation, scenography and preservation. Ippolito co-curated Manifesta’s 12th edition (2018) taking place in Palermo and has led and edited OMA’s urban studies on the Sicilian city, which has been published as the Palermo Atlas. Projects led by Ippolito include the renovation of Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) in Berlin (ongoing); Panda, a research and exhibition for the 2016 Oslo Triennale focused on the controversial impact of digital sharing platforms; the transformation design of the 16th century Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice (2016); Monditalia, a multi-disciplinary exhibition focused on the current status of Italy, at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale; scenography for the Greek theater of Syracuse in Sicily (2012); and the co-curation of Cronocaos, OMA’s exhibition on the politics of preservation at the 2010 Venice Architectural Biennale. Through collaborations with different brands including Repossi, Galleries Lafayette, Knoll, and Prada his activity extends to product design, temporary installations, and the art direction of videos and publications. He contributes to exhibition design for Fondazione Prada, with projects such as When Attitudes Become Form: 1969/2013.

Ippolito holds a Master of Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano. He teaches at the Royal College of Arts in London and at TU Delft in the Netherlands.

Deyan Sudjic

Deyan Sudjic is Director of the Design Museum in London. His career has spanned journalism, teaching and writing. Deyan was director of Glasgow UK City of Architecture 1999 and in 2002 he was Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale. He was Editor of Domus Magazine from 2000 to 2004, and was Founding Editor of Blueprint Magazine from 1983 to 1996. Deyan has published many books on design and architecture, including The Edifice Complex (Penguin, 2006), The Language of Things (Penguin, 2008), Norman Foster: A Life in Architecture (Orion, 2010), Shiro Kuramata (Phaidon, 2013), B is for Bauhaus (Penguin 2014) and Ettore Sottsass, the Poetry of Things (Phaidon 2015). His most recent book, The Language of Cities, was published by Penguin in October 2016.

Deyan was made an OBE in 2000.

Juli Capella

Juli Capella (Barcelona, ​​1960) is an architect by ETSAB and develops his professional activity in the field of design, architecture and urban planning.

He was the founding director of De Diseño and ARDI magazines and director of the design section of Domus magazine. He is the author of books such as Nuevo Diseño Español, Arquitecturas Diminutas, Cocos, copias y coincidencias, Made in Spain. 101 iconos del diseño español, Así nacen las cosas, De la fregona al Airbus. He has collaborated regularly since 1985 writing on issues of design, architecture and culture in general in national publications such as El País or El Periódico and foreigners such as Interni or Abitare.

He has curated several national and international exhibitions such as A la Castiglioni, Vanity Case by Starck, Oscar Tusquets, Olympic Design, Ingo Maurer, Enzo Mari, Industrial Design in Spain, 300% Spanish Design, Bravos, Las otros Pedreras or Tapas Spanish Design for food.

Its architectural works include the Zig Zag leisure centers in Murcia, Heron City in Barcelona and the Omm and Silken Diagonal hotels, both in Barcelona. In the field of interior design, he has designed Camper stores in Madrid, Vienna and Tokyo, as well as several restaurants for José Andrés in the US: Jaleo, Minibar and China Chilcano, Little Spain Market, Jaleo Disney.

He was founder of the Biennial Primavera del Disseny in 1991. President of the FAD- Fomento de las Artes y el Diseño (2001-2005) and promoter of the Year of Design 2003 in Spain. He has been a member of the CoNCA, Consell de la Cultura i les Arts (Generalitat de Catalunya) (2009-2011). Art director of Figueras Interantional Seating (2012-2016). He was awarded an honorable mention at the Premios Nacionales de Diseño in 2000. He currently directs theCapella Garcia Arquitectura studio.

Pilar Marcos

Pilar Marcos is a journalist and editor, she has been developing her professional activity for more than two decades in publications specialized in architecture, design, interior design and decoration. She is the Director of the magazine Diseño Interior since 2011, publication in which she started as Chief Editor in 1997, has been responsible for the launch of the magazine of contemporary decoration 20 Casas and director of Encasa. She has participated in presentations and round tables on interior design and design, and has been a juror in numerous design awards and Master’s final projects.

Member of the Expert Committee of the Madrid Design Festival 2020, she has been a professor of Contemporary Design in the Masters of the IED Madrid since 2013.

Marisa Santamaría

Marisa Santamaría is a researcher of international trends in design, architecture, lifestyles and contemporary movements. She is specialized in the analysis of the new current trends in all creative areas related to innovation, especially in the global scenarios of young people -new talents-, the evolution of international design and cutting-edge training.

She is Director of RED, Reunión de Empresas Españolas de Diseño, where she develops her new project of strategic and creative impulse, inside and outside Spain. She is a founding member of the Círculo de Orellana of women professional promoters of female talent and since July 2019, she is part of the Board of Trustees of the Madrid Design Foundation, DIMAD.

She regularly writes articles, interviews and reports on design, architecture, lifestyles and trends, for media such as El País, Condé Nast Traveler, AD Spain, Ottagono Magazine -Design and Architecture- or LifeStyle Design and Architecture Magazine.

She worked for 15 years at the IED Madrid, Superior Center of Design and Communication. She developed the Global Trends Research Area, after being Director of Communication, Institutional Relations and Projects and coordinating more than 100 design projects with national and international institutions and companies.