World Car Awards - 2019 Design Panel

Note: The World Automotive Design Competition will be relaunched in the near future. Stay tuned for complete details.

A design panel consisting of seven highly respected world design experts first review each candidate for the World Car Design of the Year award. They then establish a short-list of recommendations for the jurors.

The design experts are:

Masatsugu Arimoto (Japan – Freelance design journalist)
Anne Asensio (Vice-President, Design - Dassault Systemes)
Gernot Bracht (Germany – Pforzheim Design School)
Patrick le Quément (Designer and President of the Strategy Committee - The Sustainable Design School)
Sam Livingstone (U.K. - Car Design Research and Royal College of Art)
Tom Matano (USA - School of Industrial Design at Academy of Art University in San Francisco)

  Masatsugu Arimoto

After working as a commercial vehicle designer at Nissan Diesel Motor, and then taking up a senior editorial position at Japan's prestigious Car Styling magazine, Masatsugu Arimoto turned to freelance design journalism and consultancy in 1988. As Japan's foremost automotive design commentator, Arimoto is also juror of Car Styling's "Car Design Awards" as well as judge on the Japan Car of the Year awards. He had been chairman of the Japan Auto Color Award program for 15 years since 1999.

  Anne Asensio
Vice President Design Experience
Dassault Systèmes

Anne Asensio joined Dassault Systèmes (3DS) in November 2007 as Vice President of Design Experience. She is responsible of Dassault Systèmes’ Design Experience strategy with the mission to define and implement innovative Design strategies and 3DExperience solutions for enterprises, as well as defining Dassault Systèmes brand identity. Prior to 3DS, Anne held influential and executive roles at General Motors (2000/2007) and Renault (1987/2000), and won several prestigious accolades for her talent and experience.

Her work illustrates a consistent interest in innovation and definition of future design practices and methodologies. Focused on brand character building, Anne brings a unique ability to establish the right environment for creativity, fostering collaboration and crossfertilization among teams and delivering design concepts with meaningful benefits for people.

Anne is also a member of prestigious committees such as Eyes on Design, the Festival de l’Automobile, Louis Vuitton, ADC Super Design, L’Observeur du Design, Car Design News… She is a founding member of the Design Code collective of design managers, APCI’s strategic council, Paris Tech research chair ”Modélisation des Imaginaires“ and the Ecole des Mines research chair on innovative design processes. She is a member of the administration board for Strate College and Web School Factory, as well as an independent administrator on the board of the automotive supplier Plastic Omnium.

Anne holds a Master of Arts in transportation design from Detroit-based Center for Creative Studies; a DSAA of industrial design from Paris-based Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués.

  Gernot Bracht

Worked a decade as a automotive designer at Renault and Opel. Since 2002 he works as a freelance designer for supplier companies mainly in the automotive sector.

Next to that he teaches as a permanent lecturer at Pforzheim design university and temporarily at the SDS in nice. He also works as an illustrator and cartoonist for newspapers.

  Patrick le Quément
President of the Strategy Committee
The Sustainable Design School

Born in France, he studied in Great Britain where he graduated as an industrial designer from the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.

He began his 42 year automotive design career in SIMCA, moved rapidly to Ford where he eventually headed the Design center in Ford of Germany. After 17 years with Ford, he moved in 1985 to the Volkswagen-Audi Group as responsible for Advanced Design. In 1987 he joined Renault to take charge of Renault Corporate Design, a company he would stay in 22 years. In the course of 1995 he was named Senior Vice President of both Design and Corporate Quality, made a member of the board of Directors and, answered directly to the CEO.

He left Renault in 2009 to create his own consultancy, specialized in naval design and strategic design. Since 2010, he has designed a large number of boats, some of which were given both European and US awards.

In 2013, he co-founded together with Maurille Larivière and Marc Van Petegem, in Nice « The Sustainable Design School » which is a member of the Côte d’Azur University.

Patrick le Quément has received numerous awards including : « European Car Designer of the Year » in 2002, the same year the Raymond Loewy Foundation presented him with the « Lucky Strike Designer Award » in recognition for his lifetime contribution to Design. In 2004 in Madrid, he was elected by Car & Driver « Personality of the Decade. » Finally, in 2015 he was presented the prestigious American prize « EyesOnDesign Lifetime Design Achievement Award. »

He has been the subject of 2 biographies : « Patrick le Quément- Renault Design » in the Carmen series published in 2000 by the Italian editor Automobila. The second in 2011, « From Ford to Renault - 40 Years of Design - in the footsteps of Patrick le Quément » published by E.T.A.I.

  Sam Livingstone

As Director of the consultancy Car Design Research ( since 2000, Sam has managed projects for clients including Audi, Volvo, Volkswagen Group, Toyota, BMW, Hyundai, Renault, Pininfarina, Ford, and McLaren; working closely with Design Directors on their future design strategies.

He has also been Senior Tutor in Vehicle Design at the Royal College of Art ( in London for over ten years, and has delivered lectures in several other academic institutions including Art Centre in Pasadena and Hongik in Seoul

He is a juror on the World Car of The Year Design Award, on the award committee for the Chinese auto industry Xuanyuan Award, Transport Design Judge for the iF Design Awards, has presented at numerous conferences around the world.

  Tom Matano
Executive Director,
School of Industrial Design,
at Academy of Art University, San Francisco

Matano has thirty years of experience in the automotive design industry. He held design positions at GM Design in US, GM Holden’s in Australia, and BMW in Germany. In 1983, he joined Mazda’s North American design team. From 1999 to 2002, Matano worked at Mazda Headquarters in Japan, as an Executive Designer in charge of the Chief Designers group. His accomplishments at Mazda include the MPV, MX 5 Miata, RX 7, and many other projects by the design teams he managed. Mr. Matano is committed to develop young talents, by using his diverse knowledge and experience, at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, since 2002. Now the program is ranked among the top Industrial Design Program in the country.