Ian Callum RDI

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Automotive Designer and GSA Industrial Design Alumnus



Ian Callum RDI
Jaguar designer and creator of the Vanquish, famously driven by Pierce Brosnan in the Bond movie, Die Another Day

Ian Callum RDI


Ian Callum

Ian Callum RDI is acknowledged as one of the world's foremost automotive designers. A GSA graduate in Industrial Design (the forerunner of the current Product Design Engineering course), Callum began his design career with Ford before moving to TWR. Here he revived Aston Martin's famous DB series, designing the DB7, as well as creating the Vanquish, which was famously driven by Pierce Brosnan in the Bond movie, Die Another Day. Callum moved to Jaguar in 1999 where as Design Director he has brought a dynamic and modern feel to the celebrated “big cats” re-establishing Jaguar's sports saloon credentials with the XF, XK the XJ. He has also been instrumental in creating the R-Coupe and RD-6 concept cars, as well as Jaguar's latest creations, the C-X75 and the exciting all-new two-seater sports car, the Jaguar F-TYPE.

A proud Scot, Dumfries-born Callum still retains strong links with Scotland and with The Glasgow School of Art. In recognition of his contribution to international design and his commitment to championing design education he was awarded a DUniv, conferred by the University of Glasgow

“The annual honorary degrees recognise individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to art, architecture and design,” says Professor Seona Reid, Director of The Glasgow School of Art. ‘Ian Callum is at the top of the game in automotive design and a great champion of design education. As a graduate in industrial design, the pre-curser of our current product design engineering course, he is a great inspiration to our students.”

Ian Callum says, "The years I spent at The Glasgow School of Art were amongst the happiest and possibly the most creative time I can recall. I am deeply honoured to be receiving this award from an Institution that means so much to me."

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