Ninth Annual Stellantis Drive for Design competitors winners introduced
Their challenge was to develop an electrified Jeep® vehicle of the future within 10 weeks. Entries from across the country have been compiled, reviewed, and rated by members of the Stellantis North America design team.
“The exciting thing about this competition now is that we’re seeing previous students, but with notable improvements over previous years,” he said Mark Trostle, Head of Ram Truck and Mopar Exterior Design for Stellantis. “The students dig deep and focus their attention not only on the details, but also on the thought process of automotive design. It is encouraging and exciting to see how young artists take this competition seriously.”
Trostle knows firsthand what it is like to have the opportunity to distinguish yourself in this area. In 2013 he introduced Drive for Design, which is based on a competition he won as a student. He credits that experience as something that led him to his current job and directed the design efforts for some of the most desirable vehicles on the road. Today he passes the torch on to three promising automotive designers.
The three winners of the Drive for Design competition 2021 are:
- First place – Vincent Piaskowski, 12th class, Michigan
- Second place – Rocco Morales, 10th class, Michigan
- Third place – Alex Wang, 12th class, California
First place winner Vincent Piaskowski is a returning candidate. He finished second in 2020 and third in 2019.
“Since the competition began, we’ve been able to help young artists embark on a career in automotive design,” said Trostle. “We hired previous attendees as summer interns, and today one of our former winners works at Ram Truck’s interior design studio. It’s worth it for our team to have an impact on someone’s career.”
This year’s awards include one-to-one tuition with leading designers at Stellantis Design Studios, a grant College for Creative Studies virtual summer design program and more. You can find detailed information at www.StellantisDriveforDesign.com.
Drive for design
The Product Design Office, launched in 2013, launched its Drive for Design competition to educate young artists about careers in automotive design. Start locally in DetroitDrive for Design has grown into a national competition that awards talented students with prizes and unique opportunities to develop their design skills.
The College for Creative Studies (CCS), in the heart of Detroittrains artists and designers to become executives in creative professions. CCS is a private, fully accredited college and includes more than 1,400 students earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA). In addition to the subjects of advertising design, art practice (visual arts), communication design, craft and material sciences, entertainment arts, fashion accessory design, illustration, interior design, photography, product design and transport design, the students of the BFA program can study a dual art education program. Students in the MFA program can major in color and material design, interaction design, systems design thinking, and transportation design. The college also offers non-credit fine arts courses as part of its Continuing and Precollege degree programs, and youth opportunities as part of its Community Arts Partnerships programs.
Stellantis (NYSE: STLA) is one of the world’s leading automakers and mobility provider driven by a clear vision to provide freedom of movement with distinctive, affordable and reliable mobility solutions. In addition to the Group’s rich heritage and broad geographical presence, its greatest strengths lie in its sustainable performance, its depth of experience and the diverse talents of its global employees. Stellantis will leverage its broad and iconic brand portfolio founded by visionaries who have infused the brands with passion and a competitive spirit that appeals to employees and customers alike. Stellantis strives to be the biggest, not the biggest, while creating added value for everyone involved and for the communities in which the company operates.
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