CCS Award Honorary Degree to Giugiaro
April 10, 2003




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The College for Creative Studies (CCS) will confer an honorary degree upon Giorgetto Giugiaro, the world's most influential automotive designer, during the May 15 commencement exercises in Detroit, Mich. Giugiaro is Chairman of ItalDesign-Giugiaro S.p.A. and Chairman of Giugiaro Design S.p.A.

The commencement ceremony will be held at the Detroit Institute of Arts auditorium beginning at 5:30 pm. Other honorees include John Russell, former New York Times art critic and art historian; animator Caroline Leaf; and Detroit painter and muralist Charles McGee.

"It's customary to grant honorary degrees to professionals in the fields we
teach, and Giugiaro is a natural fit for transportation design," said Richard L. Rogers, CCS president. "CCS has the premier transportation design education program in the country and Giugiaro is the most renowned and visionary automotive designer in the world. His contributions to automotive
design are historic and unparalleled."

Giugiaro will have the opportunity to meet with graduating design students and review their work, which will be on display at CCS the week prior to commencement as part of the annual senior design student evaluation and interview process for positions with the major automotive manufacturers. The student work will be on exhibition to the public during the annual CCS Student Art Exhibition from May 16 through June 1.

Recognized throughout the world as a visionary in automotive design, Giugiaro began his extraordinary career through a chance meeting. The technical director of Fiat noticed young Giugiaro's work at a student art show in Turin and invited the 17-year-old student to join Fiat's Special Vehicle Design Study Department.

At just 21 years of age, Giugiaro left Fiat to become the head of the famous Bertone Styling Center. During this time, Giugiaro produced a seemingly endless stream of design successes including the Aston Martin DB4 GT Jet Concept, the Ferrari 250 GT Concept; Chevrolet Corvair Testudo Concept Alfa
Romeo Sprint and the Fiat 850 Spider. After six years, Giugiaro left Bertone to join Ghia, another Italian coachbuilder. In 1967, Giugiaro founded his own design firm, Ital Styling, which soon became ItalDesign-Giugiaro where the talented designer continued to lead the way in international automotive design.

Under the ItalDesign-Giugiaro trademark, Giugiaro has designed nearly 200 vehicles and concepts for clients the world over, 80 of which were subsequently mass-produced. The Giugiaro portfolio includes such notable vehicles as the Alfa Romeo Alfasud, Lotus Esprit, Volkswagen Scirocco, Isuzu Impulse, DeLorean DMC 12, Saab 9000, Subaru SVX, Lexus GS 300, Bugatti EB112, Daewoo Laganza, Volkswagen W12 Syncro, Maserati 3200GT, among many others.

Giugiaro has received numerous awards and recognitions from the international automotive design community honoring his visionary designs and unrivaled design experience. Most recently, in 2002, Giugiaro was inducted in to the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Mich., in recognition of his outstanding contributions to automotive design. In 2000, Automotive News Europe nominated Giugiaro as one of the 12 immortals of automotive design. Giugiaro was also named Designer of the Century by a jury of more than 120 international journalists in 1999.


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