Automobile designing is one word which not many would be familiar with. Infact those in the know how can relate only some famous names across the automobile world and those names are Chris Bangle, the ex design chief of BMW and in India, Dilip Chhabria or rather DC as he is fondly called. However it was in the late 1950s that the practice of automobile designing took place in the West. The person who actually pioneered this whole concept is one Mr Harvey Earl. If you ask DC himself, he would be quick to add that in India, this concept gathered some steam only some 30 years earlier. But the good thing is that its on a growth path and hence there is more scope to it. The best part that can be attributed to this growth is that there are many world renowned companies coming into India and also bringing in their international designing units with them. Moreover, they are also setting up their manufacturing units as also separate design units outside their parent company. With all this activity, it is but natural that the demand for world class designers would stem up in India.
The primary job profile of an automobile designer is to take up the quality, function, style and also safety of an automobile to a distinct level. The outer appearance of the automobile should be look visibly different than its competitors. Its interiors are also designed by an automobile designer. Even the cabin trim and also the dashboard settings plus boot space and colors are decided by the automobile designer. What more, the automobile designer also ensures that the automobile’s engine compartment has enough space to house the engine and its related components. In India, there are not too many designing schools which cater to this need and hence the design guru himself has teamed up with the famous DY Patil group and have started an automobile design academy aptly named as DY Patil Dilip Chhabria Center for Automotive Research and Studies. Some of the world’s best tutors in this business as also the best talent has been accumulated by the brains behind this business. This faculty has an experience of full time teaching as also being on field jobs. There are also some like Emanuele Nicosia who is currently working with one of the biggest design houses in the world namely Pininfarina in Italy. Pininfarina has been credited with designing world renowned brands like Buggati, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini and many others. A former National Institute of Development faculty and having over 42 years experience in teaching desing, Mr Mahendra Patel would also be part of the visiting faculty.
Next up is the Politecnico di Milano teaching Nicola Crea who was also part of the Pininfarina Concept Institute in Italy along with Giannini, Mercedes and Fiat is also part of this project. The award winning Belgium designer, Patrick Roupin who owns an innovative design company known as Kovant technology is also one amongst the faculty. Hanbat National University of Industrial Design’s Sang Koo is going to the be the Associate Professor here. Then there is Henri Christaans who is the professor of Industrial Design at Delft University of Technology in Netherlands, Jon Ashmann from North America and Elmer Van Grondelle from the Delft University in Netherlands. In the past few months, DYPDC is becoming an international school for design and that too specifically in the field of automobiles. A Memorandum of Understanding or MoU has been signed with Instituto d’arte applicata e design from Italy, Politecnico di Milano and also Delft University of Technology in Netherlands. The Braunschweig University of Transportation Design, Arts in Germany as also the Northumbria University in UK are being brought on board and talks are currently going on. If there are any automobile design fans and want to learn the tricks of the trade, then this is the right time for you. For more information, log on to www.dypdc.com.