ArtCenter Virtual Car Classic Episode 3 – The Parallel Lines of Architecture and Automotive Design

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 6:00 pm (PST), ArtCenter College of Design presents two internationally recognized architects, David C. Martin and Carl Magnusson for ArtCenter Virtual Car Classic Episode 3 – The Parallel Lines of Architecture and Automotive Design. Martin and Magnusson will discuss the similarities between architectural design and automotive design, famous architects who designed cars, and the impact of cars on city planning and city planning on the design of cars. These experts will also be joined by students from ArtCenter’s Transportation Design Department to talk about designing vehicles for the cities of tomorrow.

David C. Martin is Design Principal at AC Martin Partners, Co-founder of MADWORKSHOP and serves on the Board of Trustees for ArtCenter College of Design. Through his award-winning work, he has transformed neighborhoods, academic institutions and cities around the world. Martin’s latest project is the 80- story high-rise hotel and office complex in the heart of downtown—the new Wilshire Grand.

Carl Magnusson served as Executive Vice President and Director of Design for Knoll, where he designed showrooms in London, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Zurich, Florence, Rome, Amsterdam and Turin as well as a range of products. The publication Contract has called him “an industrial designer, as well as a curator, lecturer, mentor, inventor, organizer, talent scout, and visionary.” Since retiring from Knoll in 2005, he has remained active as a designer, consultant and lecturer.


The March virtual Car Classic event (date TBD) will feature the Lucid team of ArtCenter alumni; Derek Jenkins, Joann Jung and Jenny Ha. These design rock stars will present a video and discuss design with a panel of students.

ArtCenter alumna and GM designer Christine Park is scheduled to present on Saturday, March 27. Learn about her background and her time at ArtCenter as well as her career and approach to design. The episode will also feature a car collection visit and a presentation of student work.

Check here, for details on all programs, Zoom links and to stay informed as guests are confirmed. All events are free and open to the public.


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