Chris Bangle wins Lifetime Award by EyesOn Design

Automotive Design 15 Nov 2011
Chris Bangle wins Lifetime Award by EyesOn Design

The Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology has announced that Chris Bangle has bees selected for the 2012 Lifetime Design Achievement Award for his career in vehicle design.

The Lifetime Design Achievement Award is part of the renowned EyesOn Design Awards, organized by the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology.

Chris BanglePrevious winners include Walter de’Silva, Tom Gale, Giorgetto Giugiaro, Chuck Jordan, Robert Lutz, Shiro Nakamura, Sergio Pininfarina and Jack Telnack.

The award, given annually by EyesOn Design, is unique in that only vehicle designers who have previously won the award are allowed to vote.

The 2012 Lifetime Design Achievement Award will be presented to Bangle on next 17 June 2012 at a black tie event during the DIO’s EyesOn Design week of activities.

The event will culminate in the annual automobile design show, held every Father’s Day on the grounds of the lakefront Eleanor & Edsel Ford House, in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan.

From the official Press Release:

Chris BangleBangle, who currently directs his own design studio in Turin, Italy, has had a distinguished career at Opel, Fiat and at BMW from 1992 to 2009.

Born in Ohio and raised in Wisconsin, Bangle earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. His first notable work was the modular interior of the Opel Junior show car and the 1993 Fiat Coupe.

He became the first American Chief of Design for BMW Group in October, 1992. There, he designed the Z9 Gran Turismo concept car, the redesigns of the BMW 3 Series and 7 Series as well as both generations of Z4s and X5s, the X6, the Mille Migna concept car and the striking, fabric-bodied GINA concept car among others.

As BMW’s design leader, his team was also responsible for the designs of the MINI, the MINI Clubman and Countryman as well as the Rolls Royce Phantom, the Rolls Royce Ghost and others.

In his time at BMW, his styling themes, in particular the “bustle-back” look of the 7 Series, generated much controversy.

Nonetheless, the car became the best-selling 7 Series of all time and during Bangle’s tenure, BMW overtook Mercedes as the global leader in premium car sales. The visual cues of his designs have also influenced the look of several automobiles later developed by other manufacturers.


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  1. André Oliveira

    hes a reference in car design and always will be

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  2. Abbas Abdul Usman

    he is very inspiring and has a powerful ability of exploding out his concepts on car design

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  3. André Oliveira

    The thing i most admire in his person is the fact that he wasnt affraid of trying new lines and adapting new forms. The 6 series was better looking than the new one…it was a real sports car.

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