School of Industrial Design Home Degrees Online Program

Faculty

Facilities News & Success Stories Spring Show Gainful Employment Information
Disclosures About WASC Accreditation

School of Industrial Design

Faculty

Tom Matano
Tom Matano
Executive Director

Tom Matano has almost 30 years of experience in the automotive design industry. He held design positions at General Motors in Detroit, and GM Holden's Ltd. in Melbourne, Australia and BMW in Munich, Germany. In 1983, he joined Mazda's North American studio as a Chief Designer. He continued to become Executive Vice President of Western Operations for Mazda R&D North America, Inc., and Executive Designer & Director of Mazda North American Operations.

From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Matano has been moved to Mazda headquarters in Japan, as an Executive Designer in the Global Advance Studio, oversees Japan, Europe and North American Advance studios, and the General Manager of Mazda Design in charge of the Chief Designers. His accomplishments at Mazda include the 1993 RX-7, Miata, and many other projects by the design teams he managed and created. Since 2002 to present, Mr. Matano is committed to becoming an educator, and using his diverse knowledge and experience to enhance the Industrial Design program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Now ranked #4 in the Red Dot World Ranking of ID schools.

Mark Bolick
Mark Bolick
Graduate Director

Mark Bolick attended various California schools before settling at the California College of Arts and Crafts in his hometown of San Francisco. Mark worked various jobs in Silicon Valley where he collaborated on projects with Nike, Motorola, IDEO, NASA, Stanford, MIT and The Exploratorium. In pursuit of his passions, Mark abandoned his career as an industrial designer to pursue his love for furniture. As Design Manager for William Sonoma Inc., Mark designed hundreds of production furniture pieces in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Mexico, Vietnam, Italy and the United States. As Director of Furniture for Restoration Hardware, Mark assisted in the growth of the furniture division, including the launch of the company’s Bed and Bath catalog.

In 2006, Mark officially joined the family business named after his first daughter, India Rose. India Rose LLC is a vertically integrated home furnishings design firm that designs, develops, sources and manufactures home products all over the world for retailers such as Crate and Barrel, Anthropologie, Harry and David, and Jackson Perkins. Mark and his wife recently launched a wholesale line of textiles under the India Rose label. Their products can be found in boutiques and retailers throughout North America, as well as on their recently launched online store. Mark is currently developing a new brand named after his second daughter, Zarah Rae, which will specialize in furniture and accessories.

Hideki Masuda
Hideki Masuda
Associate Director

Hideki Masuda received a Bachelor of Arts degree in fine art from Bard College in Annandale, New York, and a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial design/transportation design from the Art Center College of Design. While he was a student at the Art Center, Mr. Masuda designed, engineered, and built a full-scale running prototype vehicle. In 1998, he joined the Academy of Art University as an instructor in the School of Industrial Design. In addition to playing his role as an instructor, Mr. Masuda has contributed to developing the Industrial Design program. He currently teaches both transportation design classes and computer courses at the Academy.

Paul A. Wilczynski
Paul A. Wilczynski
IDS 3D Manager

Paul studied industrial design at the University of Illinois and the Art Institute of Chicago. He has worked in staff and consultant designer capacities, and served a full apprenticeship as a precision product modelmaker and finisher. He designed his own car at age eighteen while still in college, and formed a company that built over fifty examples. He has created several Top Ten Toys, and his toy designs have won a number of awards from parents' groups. A vehicle that he designed and built won the Nissan Biennial Design Competition in 1990.

His career comprises hundreds of projects in the design and fabrication of toys, medical devices, power tools, recreational vehicles, automobiles and automobile accessories, computer peripherals, electronics, trade show and point-of-purchase displays, home furnishings, and consumer goods.

Antonio Borja
Antonio Borja
Full Time – Faculty

Antonio Borja studied at Academy of Art University where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design. He then went one to freelance for one year, before joining General Motors as a creative designer. While at General motor he was on the design team of full-size truck, mid-size truck and rear drive performance vehicles. In addition to his daytime responsibilities Antonio was part of the design SWAT team which collaborated with the global studios during the ideation phase of the program.

Antonio returned to teach at his alma-mater in 2009 and has taught Design Drawing, Transportation Design, Portfolio Enhancement and Digital 3D modeling courses. Antonio is very passionate in helping his students achieve success in the field of Industrial Design.

Tisha Johnson
Tisha Johnson
Instructor

Tisha Johnson is a transportation design instructor at Art Center College of Design. Tisha is also a strategic designer and the founder of Trendviz Studio. Trendviz uses a narrative design process in order to communicate advanced developments in the areas of culture, technologies, and materials.

Prior to founding Trendviz Studio, Tisha Johnson designed automotive interiors for Volvo Car Corporation. She was responsible for the award winning interior design of the Volvo 3CC electric sports car; developed in Southern California. Throughout her career, Tisha has collaborated with industry leaders to develop both pre-production and long term strategic concepts.

Henning Knoepfle
Henning Knoepfle
Instructor

Henning earned his MFA in Industrial Design from the University of Applied Science and Arts in Hannover, Germany, interned with Mercedes Benz, and has earned the GM Excellence Award.

He has over ten years of experience in automotive and industrial design. Starting his career in Germany, he worked for an independent design studio creating an office table system while still attending the university.

At IVM-Automotive, Henning collaborated closely with many manufacturers, including Opel where he developed the concept for the Frogster and other advanced designs such as the Opel Astra. In addition to that, he managed several show cars and advanced development projects like the Opel Speedster.

For GM, Henning planned and managed the GMX project, eventually resulting in the Chevrolet Cobalt. After moving to the United States, Henning started working for Mitsubishi Motors, one of his former clients, quickly achieving a position as manager and leading the design and modeling team until the studio closure.

Henning has been teaching at the Academy since Fall 2002.

Shiz Kobara
Shiz Kobara
Instructor

A native of San Francisco, Shiz Kobara discovered at an early age his talent and love for drawing. As a kid, he drew on any surface in his parents' house including walls, furniture, and on the back of his grade school homework and test papers.

Shiz earned his B.S. Industrial Design degree from San Jose State University in 1981 and went to work for Hewlett Packard for 26 years as an industrial designer and later as a user experience designer. He designed the first commercially viable visually 3-D user interface adopted by the Open Software Foundation in 1988 called OSF Motif user interface. Shiz then wrote a book on the principles of visual design in 1990 called Visual Design with OSF Motif

Shiz rose to the position of HP Corporate Global Industrial Design manager in 2000 managing the corporate industrial design team and implemented a new industrial design language internally called "Design for Brand" for all HP products worldwide. The DFB language was widely adopted by all HP consumer, business, and enterprise product businesses, which resulted in the current designs of HP products today enabling HP to become a design leader.

Shiz retired from HP in 2007 and served briefly as senior user experience design manager for Intuit before founding his own strategic design firm Kobara Design, LLC in 2008. He lives in the SF peninsula with his wife and daughter and loves spending time with his family, skiing, struggling with learning his guitar, building and restoring his sports and muscle cars, and remodeling his home in his spare time.

Jim Shook
Jim Shook
Instructor

Jim Shook earned his BSID from Industrial Design at San Jose State University, and worked as a graduate student at Wayne State University and Cal Tech.

He has vast experience in Industrial Design including automotive design for General Motors, mass transit design for Bombardier, industrial and consumer products for FMC corp, and technology products for Tandem Computers (now HP).

He has been an IDSA leader as Western District Vice President and on the board of directors. Design teams led by Jim have received 35 international design awards including the IDEA gold, Hannover Fair Gute Industrieform gold, and the Japanese best foreign product design award.

He has been teaching since 1981 at Stanford University, San Jose State and Academy of Art University. He is the principle of Shook Design (a full service Industrial Design Firm), which was established in 1998.

For San Francisco Bay Area residents his most significant contribution is the design of the new Cal Train (Baby Bullet) and Altamont Commuter Express train (ACE) as well as the San Jose Light Rail Vehicles.

Nichole Towler
Nichole Towler
Instructor

For the past three years, Nichole has been employed at NewDealDesign, one of the top award-winning design firms in the US. This year the company received 4 IDEA awards, the design awards sponsored by IDSA and Business Week.

Her favorite project in her career is the FitBit, a high tech pedometer designed by Nichole and her colleagues. They have received multiple awards, the most recent being ID Magazine's 2009 Design Review. They also were runner up when they first launched FitBit at TechCrunch50 in September 2008. This award helped set them in the spotlight of developers and investors and aided in the company receiving two million dollars in investment funding.

Nichole feels that it has been a great experience to build a start-up by positioning their product in the appropriate market, creating the Industrial Design, Interaction Design and assisting in the development of their web interaction and packaging.

Previous to NewDealDesign, she worked for a company called DesignAffairs. A former Academy student, Nichole also interned at Williams-Sonoma.

Academy of Art University - School of Industrial Design Academy of Art University - School of Industrial Design Academy of Art University - School of Industrial Design Academy of Art University - School of Industrial Design Academy of Art University - School of Industrial Design Academy of Art University - School of Industrial Design Academy of Art University - School of Industrial Design Academy of Art University - School of Industrial Design Academy of Art University - School of Industrial Design Academy of Art University - School of Industrial Design
Academy News » Adobe Features Academy of Art University in New Video » Watch President Elisa Stephens’ Interview with The Balancing Act » “Oakland Illustrated” by Academy Alumni