World Car Awards - 2021 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:

Anne Asensio (France - Vice-President, Design - Dassault Systemes)
Gernot Bracht (Germany – Pforzheim Design School)
Ian Callum (United Kingdom – Director of Design, CALLUM)
Patrick le Quément (France - Designer and President of the Strategy Committee - The Sustainable Design School)
Tom Matano (USA – Academy of Art University, Former Head of Design – Mazda)
Gordon Murray (United Kingdom - Gordon Murray Design)
Shiro Nakamura (Japan - CEO, Shiro Nakamura Design Associates Inc.)

  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.

  Ian Callum CBE RDI
Director of Design, CALLUM

Ian Callum, Founder member and Design Director of the design group CALLUM, was born in Dumfries, Scotland and attended a course in Industrial Design at Glasgow School of Art, followed by a 2-year course in Automobile Design at the Royal College of Art.

Ian spent the first 12 years of his career at Ford Design Studios, then a period as Chief Designer of TWR Design, where he was responsible for the Aston Martin DB7 and Vanquish, before joining Jaguar in 1999. He continued to manage Aston Martin Design, developing the DB9, as well as directing Jaguar Design where he and his team created, amongst others, the R-Coupe, RD-6 and C-X75 concepts.

In his tenure at Jaguar, he was responsible for such 'fast, beautiful‘ production cars as the XK, XF, XJ, F-TYPE and XE. In 2015 Ian led his team to launch the second generation XF, followed by the F-PACE, Jaguar’s first SUV, the E-PACE and the I-PACE, which was crowned World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car of the Year.

In 2005 Ian was awarded the title of Royal Designer for Industry from the RSA and in 2014 he received the Minerva Medal – the highest accolade bestowed by the Chartered Society of Designers, awarded for a lifetime’s achievement in design. In 2015 Ian was named the most influential person in UK design today by The Drum and he has received six honorary doctorates from universities around the world.

Having left Jaguar Cars in June 2019 after 20 years, Ian became a founder member of the Design Group named CALLUM based in Warwick England.

  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.

He is also the author of a book « Design published Between the Lines » published by Merrell Publishers, London/New York.

  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.

  Gordon Murray
Gordon Murray Design

Gordon Murray was born in Durban, South Africa in 1946 and gained a Mechanical Engineering Diploma from Natal Technical College. He designed, built and raced his own sports car (IGM Ford) in the National Class in SA during 1967 and 1968.

In 1969 Gordon moved to the UK and joined Brabham Formula One Team as Technical Director, winning two world championships (1981 & 1983) during his 17 years with the team. Gordon joined McLaren Racing as Technical Director in 1988 and three consecutive championship wins (1988, 1989 & 1990) followed. 1990 saw Gordon move away from Formula One, after 50 Grand Prix wins, to enable him to concentrate his efforts on establishing a new Company for the Group – McLaren Cars Ltd.

The Company’s first project, the F1 Road Car is still regarded as the world’s best engineered car. A racing version won two world sports car championships and the Le Mans 24-hour race on its first attempt in 1995. McLaren Cars then completed several other successful projects culminating with Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren programme.

Gordon left the McLaren Group in 2005 to set up Gordon Murray Design Limited. The British company operating from Shalford in Surrey has built a global reputation as one of the ‘finest automotive design teams in the World’ and reverses the current industry trend for sub-contracting by having a complete in-house capability for design, prototyping and development. The Company has remained compact and focused and will undertake automotive and other engineering programmes in an efficient and innovative way, pushing boundaries with iStream® - Formula One technology for the everyday motorist.

  Shiro Nakamura
Shiro Nakamura Design Associates Inc.

Born in Osaka Japan 1950. Graduated from Musashino Art University in 1974 and joined Isuzu Motor Company. He studied at the Art Center College of Design in the US and holds a BS with distinction. He worked at General Motors Design in Michigan, created Isuzu Europe’s Design studio, and in 1998, became global design director of the design center. His most notable creation at Isuzu was the VehiCROSS SUV concept.

In 1999, Shiro was requested to join Nissan Motor Company to vitalize design. He served as Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer until March 2017. He established the strategy of design and brand for both Nissan and Infiniti contributing to the turnaround of the company. Throughout his career at Nissan he has created distinctive designs such as the Nissan 350Z, Cube and the iconic GT-R. He also led the design team that penned Nissan crossover vehicles including the Murano, Rogue/Qashqai, Juke and Infiniti FX.

In addition, Nakamura has been awarded numerous accolades including France’s Grand Prix du Design and America’s Eyes On Design Award among others. He established SHIRO NAKAMURA DESIGN ASSOCIATES in April 2017, and is continuing creative activities as a design consultant.