Wed. April 22, 2015 Chris Bangle meets IAAD Transportation design dept. students. An occasion to talk with one of the most important name in car design worldwide.

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April 22 2015 | 10.00 am | aula magna IAAD
The lecture is reserved to IAAD Transportation design dept. students.
10 seats are reserved to high school students
interested in Transportation design.

Bangle is arguably the most influential auto designer of his generation. Phil Patton, New York Times, February 20, 2006.

One only needs to look down the street for evidence of Chris Bangle’s ingenuity and far-reaching influence.

A daring designer whose work has provoked endless discussion, Bangle is best known for his tenure as Chief of Design for the BMW group, where he was responsible for bringing the designs of BMW, Mini, and Rolls Royce into the twenty-first century.

After attending the University of Wisconsin and graduating from Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, California), Bangle began his career at Opel in 1981, and then 4 years later moved on to Fiat, where he designed the brazen Coupé Fiat. In 1992, he was named the first American Chief of Design at BMW.

Bangle is no stranger to controversy in the media, but what the journalists do agree on is that no other designer has had such a far-reaching impact in the automotive industry in this century. His mandate to strategize emotion through design has energized the typically conservative brand, updating BMW’s classic design with bold, sculptural lines, a far cry from homogenous car design. As a result, his daring designs have helped BMW become the global leader in premium car sales and brought in legions of new fans, spurring rivals to follow suit in emulating this distinctive style. During his time at BMW, he introduced GINA, an experimental concept roadster that explored the amazing effects of replacing the rigid metal skin of a car with one of fabric that can change the shape and better respond to the challenges of manufacturing and aerodynamics.

After pushing car design language to its limits for twenty-eight years, Bangle announced his departure in February 2009 from the auto industry – but not from car design. He is pursuing his own design-related endeavors from his studio in Italy, focusing on new ideas and cutting-edge innovation.

To create the proper structure for this, in March 2009 he founded Chris Bangle Associates s.r.l. (CBA) at a centuries old Borgata in the hills above Clavesana – a famed center for wine in the Piemonte Region of Italy. Today, as the managing Director of CBA, Chris Bangle leads a team of designers and engineers, who, together with the Associates from the CBA clients, use the Borgata as a hybrid Studio/Design Residency. The open spaces and beautiful vineyards around the Borgata encourage the imagination; every year Bangle and his colleagues create large art pieces to add to the environs.

The experiences in design and innovation and the advice Bangle has to offer after over 25 years as a manager make him a speaker in demand; he travels frequently around the world to lecture, teach design, and consult with his Client Associates. He is married and has a son.