Car Design Awards Global 2015

14 September 2015
Moon13, Frankfurt

Deadline for entries
Shortlist announced




24th April 2015
Mid June 2015

Design briefs
Past winners





  • Amko Leenarts

    Amko Leenarts

    Director of Global Interiors Design Strategy

    Ford Motor Company

    Amko Leenarts has held the post of Director of Global Interiors Design Strategy for Ford since June 2012. In his role, Amko is responsible for the development of the future interior design strategy for both the Ford and Lincoln brands worldwide. Amko holds an undergraduate degree in Interior Architecture from the Academy of Arts in Groningen, Netherlands and an MA in Transportation Design from the Royal College of Art in London. After graduating in 2000, he went on to work as a designer for production and concept cars at PSA Peugeot Citroën before being named head of interiors, Peugeot Design in 2008.

  • Adam Bazydlo

    Adam Bazydlo

    Manager, Interior Design Strategy

    Ford Motor Company

    Adam joined Ford as manager for interior design strategy in September 2013, and is responsible for the creative outlook for both Ford and Lincoln brands.

    Prior to his current role he worked at Visteon in France and at Peugeot, where he led the design of the interiors for the 508, the 208 and the award-winning HX1 concept car, among others.

    A graduate of the College for Creative Studies, Adam has been involved with other design schools including Strate College in France, ISD in India, Art Center in the USA and the Design Academy in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

  • Wolfgang Müller-Pietralla

    Wolfgang Müller-Pietralla

    Head of Future Affairs

    Volkswagen Group Research

    Wolfgang Müller-Pietralla studied biology at the University of Hanover, focussing on models and simulations of ecologic systems. In 1992 he joined Volkswagen, where he introduced a sustainable environmental management system. During the EXPO 2000, Mr. Müller-Pietralla was Volkswagen’s project manager and stage-managed both the Autostadt and the rain-forest house. In 2003 he was appointed head of Volkswagen’s future affairs department within the Volkswagen Group Research, tasked with analysing future developments and directing future mobility and vehicle concepts. Since 2010, Mr Mueller-Pietralla has also lectured at the Free University of Berlin.

  • Romulus Rost

    Romulus Rost

    Head of Interior Design

    Volkswagen Design Centre Potsdam

    Romanian-born Romulus Rost joined Audi in 1988; in 1994, he transferred to the company’s Design Centre in California. Rost was promoted to head up Audi’s Design Studio in Munich in 1997. He is best known for the interior of the Audi TT coupe, with its “mould-breaking art deco” forms. In 2002, Rost led the interior car division and product design division at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg. He joined Volkswagen Design Centre Potsdam as Head of Interior Design in 2005.

  • Erika Tsubaki

    Erika Tsubaki

    Design Strategy & Futuring

    Ford Motor Company

    Based at Ford of Europe’s Design Studios in Cologne, Germany, Erika Tsubaki is responsible for researching innovative ideas in terms of features, functions, technologies and product interfaces, including internal and external strategic design communication. She’s also in charge of product and fashion design for Ford of Europe's selection of accessories, ‘The Ford Lifestyle Collection’. Tsubaki’s career began in Japan, where she studied Industrial Design at Tsukuba University. Her first job was as an Exterior and Interior Designer at Mazda Hiroshima.

  • Pratap Bose

    Pratap Bose

    Head of Design

    Tata Motors

    Indian-born designer Pratap Bose graduated from the Royal College of Art before embarking on his career with a stint at scooter brand Piaggio from 1998 to 2001. A role as senior designer at DaimlerChrysler Japan followed in 2004, then a move to Tata Motors in 2006 to take up the role of Principal Designer at its European Technical Centre in the UK. Bose was promoted to Chief Designer in 2010 before taking up his current position as Head of Design for Tata Motors in April 2011.

  • Robert Melville

    Robert Melville

    Chief Designer

    McLaren Automotive

    Robert has been senior designer at McLaren for the past five years, working on the P1 and 650S supercars. He is currently preparing the new Sports Series model for its unveil, which is due in the second quarter of this year.

    Robert joined McLaren in 2009 from GM's now-closed advanced design studio in the UK. There he was senior creative designer and had significant input to the Cadillac Converj showcar which debuted at NAIAS in Detroit in 2009.

  • Robin Page

    Robin Page

    Vice President Interior Design

    Volvo Car Corporation

    Robin started his design career at Jaguar Cars and joined Rolls-Royce and Bentley in 1995. In 2001 he became Head of Interior Design for Bentley, penning the interiors for the first- and second-generation Continental range, the Bentley Mulsanne and the Queen’s state limousine, as well as working on future Bugatti projects. In 2013 Robin undertook a new role at Volvo Cars, working with design boss Thomas Ingenlath to direct the Swedish brand’s future interior designs.

  • Darren Day

    Darren Day

    Head of Interior Design


    As Head of Interior Design at Bentley’s Design Studio in Crewe, Darren is responsible for leading, managing and developing future interior design for the Bentley brand. He has over 18 years design experience at Bentley, staring as an exterior designer on the Continental and Arnage range of motorcars, before moving to interior design to lead and manage the interior design of the Continental GT, GTC, and the new Flying Spur. He was also responsible for the delivery of the interior of the EXP 9F concept SUV shown in Geneva in 2012. He was appointed to his current role in 2014.

  • Giovanny Arroba

    Giovanny Arroba

    Senior Creative Manager

    Nissan Design Europe

    As of April 2014, Giovanny has been Senior Creative Manager at Nissan Design Europe’s studio in central London. He originally joined Nissan Design America in 2000 and soon after penned Nissan’s first full size A60 Titan truck. From 2000 to 2008, Giovanny contributed to various Nissan and Infiniti vehicles including penning the exterior design for Nissan’s flagship A35 Maxima. From 2008 to 2010 he worked at Nissan’s Global Design Center in Japan where he expanded his influence to global growth models. Giovanny has a BSc in Transportation Design from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.

  • Gustavo Guerra

    Gustavo Guerra

    Global Design Strategy Manager

    Volvo Group

    Brazilian-born Gustavo started his career in design as an intern at Volkswagen (trucks and buses division) in 2002. After receiving his BA in Industrial Design from UFRJ in Rio de Janeiro, he worked as an automotive freelance designer before joining Crama Design. After relocating to Sweden and receiving a Masters degree from HDK in Gothenburg, he then joined Axis Design in Austin, Texas.

    In 2008 Gustavo once again relocated to Sweden to join the Volvo Group’s construction equipment team, where he worked until taking up the post of chief designer, establishing the Volvo Design and Innovation Center in Shanghai in 2011.

    In 2015 Gustavo returned to Sweden, to take on the position of global design strategy manager within Volvo.

  • Martin Uhlarik

    Martin Uhlarik

    UK Design Director


    Martin M. Uhlarik is UK Design Director of SAIC. He leads a team of 40 personnel in the Design Studio in Birmingham, UK, developing global designs for both MG and the Chinese Roewe brands. A Canadian native, he holds degrees from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Industrial Design and Art Center College of Design in Transportation Design. He worked as an interior designer at Skoda from 1994 to 2001 , then at the Nissan/Infiniti Design Studio in London where he held the position of Project Design Leader until 2011. He joined SAIC in February, 2012.

  • Richard Chung

    Richard Chung

    Vice president, industrial design and craftsmanship – global

    Yanfeng Global Automotive Interiors (YFAI)

    Richard Chung is responsible for industrial design and craftsmanship for YFAI’s global interior systems. He leads the firm's three global studios – in Shanghai, China; Holland, Michigan; and Neuss, Germany – that support global and local carmakers’ design and development programmes. This includes providing industrial design and craftsmanship solutions, as well as developing new, innovative product ideas in vehicle interiors through its advanced design activity. Richard graduated from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, in 1987, and worked at Ford Motor Company for 13 years and Johnson Controls for 15 years, prior to joining YFAI in July, 2015.

  • Owen Ready

    Owen Ready


    Car Design News

    Owen Ready graduated with a BA(hons) in Transportation Design and an MA in Journalism from Northumbria and Coventry Universities.

    His career spans the worlds of automotive design and journalism as a consultant for a wide number of global OEMs and as a writer for some of the industry's most respected titles including Intersection, CAR and Autocar.

    Owen was appointed Editor of Car Design News at the beginning of 2012.


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