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Academy of Art University & School of Industrial Design Students win top honors at the 2007 Canadian International AutoShow

Winners Paul Kim, Ryan Campbell
Winners Paul Kim, Ryan Campbell

The 2007 World Automotive Design Competition winners were announced at the Canadian International AutoShow on Wednesday, February 14th. Students Paul Kim and Ryan Campbell won first and second place, respectively, and Academy of Art University was named Best Design School of 2007.

Sponsored by Autodesk, the top supplier of design software & technology, this year’s challenge was to design a car for an aging population but should also appeal to the tastes of the younger generation. Over 60 students participated, representing 18 schools and 49 entries competed.

Paul Kim’s Ford Legion took first place. “Paul’s design is an excellent balance of great aesthetics and clever functionality,” judge Moray Callum, Design Director, for Ford North America commented. Kim was awarded $10,000 and an Autodesk software package.

Ryan Campbell’s VX Connextion took second place honors. Judge Dan Sims, General Manager of MRDA Design Studio, Mitsubishi Motors North America, remarked, “It is the car I would have wanted in high school and now”. Campbell was awarded $7,500 and an Autodesk software package.

The Winning Team
The Winning Team, top left to right: David Randle; James Shook, Instructor; Paul Kim, 1st place overall and the best visualization award; Neil Marten; Bottom Left to Right: Leo Schurhaus; Tom Matano, Director, School of Industrial Design; Ryan Campbell, 2nd Place overall

Academy of Art University’s Best Design School award was based upon the quality of the students’ entries and how their designs consistently reflected the design challenge as well as visually identify and reflect the culture of the country where its students currently study. Autodesk provided a package of their software to the school.

Of the wins, Director of the Industrial Design School Tom Matano said “I am particularly happy with this best school award, because it takes program strength to achieve consistency of all five entries, and this was one of the goals that I set to achieve when I took over this program 4 and a half years ago."

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