|Title||Design as the Balance of Art & Engineering|
|Date||Tuesday, November 9, 2021|
|Short Description||Introduction to ArtCenter College of Design with special presentation by alumna Laura Arias, the first ever female exterior designer for Alfa Romeo.|
|Detailed Description||ArtCenter College of Design’s Transportation Design program was the first in the world when it was established in 1948 and it has long been a recognized leader in educating top designers for the automotive industry. It is especially well known outside of ArtCenter for exterior and interior design, automotive leadership and powerful visualization skills. Stewart Reed, Chair of Transportation Design, Jay Sanders, Executive Director of Transportation Design, and Dr. Rose Piccioni, Associate Provost for Online Education, will give an introduction to ArtCenter, it’s 90 year legacy of global impact on design, and also discuss new initiatives like the expansion of online courses. They will be joined by alumna Laura Arias, the first ever female exterior designer for Alfa Romeo, who will give a presentation on “Design as the Balance of Art and Engineering.”|
|Panelist Names||ArtCenter Panelists: Stewart Reed – Chair of Transportation Design, Jay Sanders – Exec Director of Transportation Design, Rose Piccioni – Associate Provost Online Education, Main Speaker Alumna Laura Arias – Alfa Romeo Exterior Designer|
Laura Arias grew up in the car culture of SoCal, and discovered her passion for cars after taking an auto-shop class in High School. She worked as a car mechanic in her early 20’s to save up for her dream college, Art Center College of Design. She graduated in 2014 and moved to Michigan where she designed Jeep vehicles for 5 years with FCA. She has recently moved to the Alfa Romeo studio where she is the first ever female exterior designer. Laura also teaches for ArtCenter and enjoys sharing her skills and passion with aspiring young designers.
Stewart Reed is the Chair of the Transportation Design Department at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, CA. A graduate of the College, he has had a distinguished 35-year career in transportation design. As principal of Stewart Reed Design, he consults to the manufacturing industry in both automotive and consumer products. Most recently, he provided coachwork design for an historically significant Bugatti for the Mullen Automotive Museum, and design support for major auto manufacturers. Career achievements include a special-mission military vehicle for Lockheed and the spectacular Cunningham C7 GT coupe for Bob Lutz and Briggs Cunningham III. He has served as Vice President of Design for Prince Corporation (now Johnson Controls) and was chief designer of Toyotaʼs Calty Design Research studio in Newport Beach. As executive director of the undergraduate Transportation Design Department since 2013,
Jay Sanders originally joined ArtCenter in 1994 and has since supported the College in various capacities. In 2006, Sanders became the director of the Transportation Design Department, a role which involved supervising faculty, mentoring students and partnering with other departments. He also helped establish and directed all aspects of the annual ArtCenter Car Classic, a high-profile concours covered by major media and also serves on the College’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.
Rose Piccioni Ed.D. is ArtCenter’s first ever associate provost of Online Education. In this role, she is leading the creative, strategic and academic vision for ArtCenter’s emerging online initiative. She oversees the Office of Digital Teaching and Learning, which is responsible for the College’s learning management system, instructional design and technology, and innovative/emerging educational technology. Additionally, she is responsible for continued oversight and development of the new Bruce Heavin Media Production Studio which was established to support online learning and create greater awareness of the College through this more accessible educational platform.