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Tom Matano

Executive Director / School of Industrial Design

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.

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Tom Matano's Work

Fall 2022 Part-Time Faculty

Faculty MemberBackground
Agota JonasSan Jose State University, San Jose, California (Master of Arts, Industrial Design)
Akino TsuchiyaArt Center College Design, Pasadena, California (Bachelor of Science, Industrial Design)
Alexander KsollArt Center College Design, Pasadena, California (Bachelor of Science, Transportation Design)
Claudia DallendoerferBerlin University of the Arts, Berlin, Germany (Master of Fine Arts, Industrial Design - equivalent MA in Industrial Design)
David CurielThe Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Ft Lauderdale, Florida (Bachelor of Science, Industrial Design)
David MelvinArt Institute of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Bachelor of Science, Industrial Design)
Frank Zucchi15+ yrs of experience in Industrial Design
Jim ShookSan Jose State University, San Jose, California (Bachelor of Science, Industrial Design)
John Bavaresco15+ yrs. experience in VFX and in the 3d industry.
John MarshArt Center College Design, Pasadena, California (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Product Design)
Joseph ChoiUniversity of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California (Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Interdisciplinary Arts)
Joseph ChoiArt Center College Design, Pasadena, California (Bachelor of Science, Transportation Design)
Joshua ThorsonAcademy of Art University, San Francisco, California (Master of Fine Arts, Industrial Design)
Kwan KimArt Center College Design, Pasadena, California (Bachelor of Science, Transportation Design)
Manuel RojasArt Center College Design, Pasadena, California (Bachelor of Science, Transportation Design)
Mark GarciaAcademy of Art University, San Francisco, California (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Industrial Design)
Max SimsCalifornia College of the Arts, Oakland, California (Master of Fine Arts, Design)
Melvin DominguezAcademy of Art University, San Francisco, California (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Industrial Design)
Rebecca DukeMaine College of Art, Portland, Maine (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting)
Rodney WongArt Center College Design, Pasadena, California (Bachelor of Science, Industrial and Product Design)
Scott Bergan34+ yrs. experience as a master automobile craftsman
Sean MillerWestern Washington University, Bellingham, Washington (Bachelor of Arts, General Studies Art)
Shizunori KobaraSan Jose State University, San Jose, California (Bachelor of Science, Industrial Design)
Susan KralovecCranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (Master of Fine Arts, Design)
Theodore SomogyiAcademy of Art University, San Francisco, California (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Fine Arts)
Thomas BalaguerAcademy of Art University, San Francisco, California (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Product Design)

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