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Outer Circle is Art Center’s alumni publication and features alumni-driven content and stories. Produced by Art Center’s Office of Alumni Relations and the Marketing and Communications Department, the Fall 2008 issue is Outer Circle’s inaugural digital issue.  If you have story ideas for inclusion in future Outer Circle publications, please contact the Alumni Relations office at 626.396.2305 or email alumni@artcenter.edu.


Editorial Director
Vanessa Silberman

Design Director Steve Sieler

Kristine Bowne, Matt O’Brien

Lara Warren, Sasha Watson

Design Paul Gillis

Web site production
Chuck Spangler

Cover Illustration
Josh Cochran, ILLU ‘05

Transportation Design Alumni Profiles

Luciano Bove (TRAN, ’89)

“A car is a bit like a ‘sculpture’ of passion and emotions.”

Luciano Bove

Luciano Bove worked as Design Leader at Centro Stile Fiat in Turin, Italy before becoming Transportation Design Manager at Renault in Paris. He taught transportation design in Italy for twelve years, and he now speaks frequently on design management at conferences and seminars.

What made you decide to make a career in transportation design?

Since I was a kid, I always had a strong passion for cars. At the age of 12, I started to do oil painting (which I still do), and later I started to sketch cars. I did not have access to specialized car design magazines in my small village in southern Italy, but one day at the age of 19, I came across an article on “Gente Motori” about Art Center in Pasadena, and my life changed! I now knew that I could study to be a car designer. I am very thankful to my parents, who gave me the opportunity to go.

What do you see as your most exciting career achievement?

There are three: first, the Fiat Seicento design, which is my first “baby” in production—I worked as designer and design manager. Second is the New Renault Kangoo family cars, where I was the design manager. And, third, I’ve had the opportunity to teach for about 12 years at the design schools ACE Vevey, IAAD Turin and IED Turin.

Where do you see transportation design going?

Car design has to interact better with the environment. Architectural design is finally becoming closer to car design philosophy, thanks to new revolutionary construction techniques and new design culture—buildings have new volumes and sexier shapes. At the same time, car design should evolve to relate better to those new architectural design codes. A car is a bit like a “sculpture” of passion and emotions.

What kind of car do you drive?

A Renault Laguna 3 Berline in black.

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