Aston Martin designer puts on the Jaguar style

Ian Callum, designer of the Aston Martin DB7 and the Project Vantage concept car, has been appointed director of styling for sister company Jaguar Cars. Callum will retain overall responsibility for Aston Martin design. Born in Dumfries, he went to the School of Transportation Design at Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University). He gained a degree […]

Ian Callum, designer of the Aston Martin DB7 and the Project Vantage concept car, has been appointed director of styling for sister company Jaguar Cars. Callum will retain overall responsibility for Aston Martin design.

Born in Dumfries, he went to the School of Transportation Design at Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University). He gained a degree in industrial design from the Glasgow School of Art, and an MA in automobile design from the Royal College of Art.

Callum joined Ford, owner of Aston Martin and Jaguar, in 1979. He worked for the company in Germany, Japan, Australia and the US before being appointed design manager of the Ghia Design Studio in Turin.

He moved to independent consultant TWR Design as chief designer in 1990, where he worked on styling programmes for clients such as Volvo and Mazda, as well as taking on Aston Martin’s design brief. In 1995 he received the Jim Clark Memorial Award for his styling work on the DB7, using high-tech materials and techniques.

`I feel privileged to be joining Jaguar,’ Callum said. `The company has one of the most enviable styling traditions in the automotive industry.’

He succeeds Geoff Lawson, who died suddenly in June.