DETROIT â€“ Five young designers from the prestigious College for Creative Studies are named finalists in the second annual Wardâ€™s Auto Interiors student design competition at the SAE World Congress here.
The finalists, Andrew Bianchi, M. (Ross) Gray, Haneif Katebi, Bozenka Shepherd and Leonard Takada, took part in a special 7-week design project, sponsored by Wardâ€™s and interior suppliersand .
Under the supervision of CCS instructor Clyde Foles, the students were challenged to create a vehicle interior for an active, young professional in the year 2020.
The design brief for the interior design given to the students required the following elements:
- New technologies and materials that are innovative, but available for production 10 years from now.
- The latest features and interactive controls, while actively discouraging distracted driving.
- Good environment for both work and fun.
- Sensible, comfortable seating and interaction for at least four people.
- Components that come together as a stylish, compelling design.
The finalists were selected by three top auto industry designers: Robert Gelardi, design manager-Mustang program,; Dan Vivian, director-engineering design, -Kia Motors N.A.; and Peter Davis, chief stylist at Technologies.
The five student designers will move on to be honored at the Wardâ€™s Auto Interiors Conference May 17 at the Henry Hotel â€“ formerly known as the Ritz Carlton in Dearborn, MI.
At the May conference, Wardâ€™s will announce the grand-prize winner and also reveal two special award winners: The recipient of theEcoBlend award honoring an outstanding green design and the Design Innovation Award honoring a design that features an especially remarkable idea.
Each of three winners will earn scholarship money to help further their educations.
This is the second year Wardâ€™s has put together a student design competition, which will be an annual event.
Video Highlights from 2011 Ward's Student Design Competition