Internationally Recognized Automotive Designer and Distinguished Alumnus Paul Snyder to Head CCSs

Internationally Recognized Automotive Designer and Distinguished
Alumnus Paul Snyder to Head CCSs Undergraduate Transportation Design

The College for Creative Studies (CCS) has named internationally
recognized automotive designer and distinguished alumnus (BFA 1987) Paul
Snyder to lead its undergraduate program in Transportation Design,
starting with the winter 2015 semester. Snyder will return to CCS to
become the Paul and Helen Farago Chair of Transportation Design
responsible for all aspects of undergraduate education in Automotive
Exterior, Automotive Interior, and Transportation Design, including
aeronautic, marine, ground, and emerging mobility systems. He will
additionally oversee the Professional Automotive Modeling (PAM)
Certificate Program and be responsible for developing and maintaining
close industry contacts and monitoring trends in a global context.
Snyder comes to CCS from Honda Research and Development in California
where he leads teams of designers, clay modelers, and data modelers in
the creation of advanced and production design projects for the US and
global markets. For 25 years he has designed cars and trucks for major
world markets for a number of automotive brands, including Ford,
Lincoln, Renault, Honda, and Acura.

The College for Creative Studies is recognized as a global leader in
transportation design education and places more graduates in automotive
design positions around the world than any other school, said Richard
L. Rogers, president of CCS. Paul Snyder has the perfect profile for
the Farago Chair: great distinction as a designer, broad international
experience, deep industry knowledge, and a love and talent for teaching.
His background will enable CCS students to attain the highest-level
design skills and be prepared for the many changes and challenges
emerging in the realm of mobility. Im delighted hes returning to the

With so much exciting change and optimism about the future, its a
fantastic time to return to CCS and Detroit, Paul Snyder said. The
facilities at CCS in the Transportation Department are extraordinary,
and the opportunity to study among the global giants of the industry is
second to none for transportation design students. Snyder added,
Detroit itself has become a pretty hip place to be, so Im thrilled to
be a part the CCS team again, and to play a role in shaping the design
leaders of tomorrow.

Snyders experience spans four continents and encompasses both exterior
and interior development. He has worked in a variety of capacities in
corporate design departments as well as in a consulting role. From
1987-1992, he worked at Ford Motor Company where he designed exterior
and interior solutions for the Taurus/Sable and Explorer production
vehicles, as well as contributing to the Ghia Via concept. As senior
designer at Design Club International in Japan from 1992-1995, he worked
on projects for Renault. He returned to Ford in 1999 as a lead project
designer where he oversaw projects for the Taurus X, Ford Five Hundred,
Ranger, and Flex production vehicles. Since 2005, Snyder has worked at
Honda where he has most recently been assistant chief designer,
overseeing production and concept projects for the Civic, Accord,
Crosstour, Odyssey, Tokyo Motor Show EV-Ster Concept and Honda AC-X
Concept theme vehicles, as well as a 2013 Acura RL vision theme.

From 1990-2003, he also taught at the college-level, including
transportation design and visual communications at Pratt Institute in
New York City, as well as a range of undergraduate and graduate classes
at Wayne State University and CCS. Courses Snyder taught at CCS include
visual communication for industrial design, undergraduate transportation
design, color theory, drawing, painting, and figurative sculpture.

"Paul Snyder is highly regarded as a top designer and leader in the
automotive industry. His breadth of experience and fresh perspective are
sure to prove invaluable to the CCS community, the local creative
economy, and transportation design as a whole, said Sooshin Choi,
provost and vice president for - - academic affairs for CCS. With Paul
Snyder at the helm, I believe that the CCS Transportation Design program
will clearly be the premier program in the world.

In addition to his work as car designer, Snyder is an accomplished
figure painter, sculptor, and collagist, having earned a Master of Fine
Arts degree cum laude in fine art and cultural studies from the
New York Academy of Art in New York City where he has also shown his

About College for Creative Studies:

Located in the heart of Detroit, the College for Creative Studies
(CCS) educates artists and designers to be leaders in the creative
professions. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls more than
1,400 students pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine
Arts (MFA) degrees.

Students in the BFA program can major in Advertising: Copywriting,
Advertising Design, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fine Arts, Graphic
Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and
Transportation Design, in addition to a dual major Art Education
program. A BFA in Fashion Accessories Design will be introduced in fall
2015. Students in the MFA program can major in Color and Materials
Design, Interaction Design, Interdisciplinary Design, and Transportation
Design. The College also offers non-credit courses in the visual arts
through its Continuing and Precollege Studies programs and opportunities
for youth through its Community Arts Partnerships programs.

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