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Industrial Design

Tom Matano

Executive Director, School of Industrial Design

Tom Matano, Executive Director of the School of Industrial Design at Academy of Art University, is an honorary judge at the 2015 Hillsborough Concourse. Mr. Matano is an industry veteran who held design positions at Mazda, General Motors, and BMW for nearly three decades prior to joining the Academy. Mr. Matano has almost 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, holding design positions at General Motors in Detroit, Michigan,  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. From there, he went on 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 worked at Mazda’s headquarters in Japan as an Executive Designer in the Global Advance Studio, overseeing efforts for Japan, Europe, and North America; and eventually he was named General Manager of Mazda Design in charge of all Chief Designers. His accomplishments at Mazda include the 1993 RX-7 and Miata, in addition to many other projects produced by the design teams he built and managed. Since 2002, Mr. Matano has been committed to becoming an educator, using his diverse knowledge and experience to enhance the Industrial Design program at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA, now ranked #4 in the Red Dot World Ranking of Industrial Design schools.

Mark Bolick

Graduate Director, School of Industrial Design

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.

Antonio Borja

Director, School of Industrial Design

Antonio Borja studied at Academy of Art University where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design. He then went on to freelance for one year, before joining General Motors as a creative designer. While at General Motors, 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.

Hideki Masuda

Online Director, School of Industrial Design

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 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.

Andrew Putman

Rapid Prototyping Manager, School of Industrial Design

Andrew Putman is a Full-Time Faculty member of the Academy of Art University's School of Industrial Design and manager of the department’s CNC/ Rapid Prototyping facilities. After receiving his BFA in Industrial Design Andrew spent six years in wayfinding and structural design – finding his way back to the IND department to build on and further develop the model making coursework.

Shiz Kobara

Full-Time Faculty, School of Industrial Design

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. 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.

Danny Song

Full-Time Faculty, School of Industrial Design

Danny Song is currently a Full-Time Faculty member in the Academy of Art University's School of Industrial Design. Prior to becoming full-time, Danny had been teaching in the university's Industrial Design department since 2011.

Danny received his BFA in General Fine/Studio Arts from UC Santa Barbara. He then received a second BFA degree in Transportation Design from Academy of Art University.

In addition to teaching, Danny has been a freelance industrial designer since 2010.