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