Jaguar’s design chief receives Minerva Medal

Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design, has been awarded with a prestigious Minerva Medal for outstanding contribution to automotive design.

Awarded by the Chartered Society of Designers, the Minerva Medal is the highest accolade that the Society offers and was presented by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in London last night.

David Callcott, the Society’s president, said: “The Society is delighted that the 2014 Minerva Medal has been awarded to Ian Callum who has successfully demonstrated the value of strategic design within an organisation.

“Ian follows in a long list of renowned designers who have all displayed the highest qualities in terms of aesthetics, function, process and innovation. The success of Jaguar Land Rover is testament enough to his design achievements and the Minerva Medal is recognition of them.”

Responsible for some of the most eye-catching automotive designs in recent history, the designer joined Jaguar in 1999 after 12 years working for Ford.

Achievements

During his time there, he had a hand in the creation of the legendary Escort RS Cosworth, while his brother still works for Ford’s design team and has helped design the marque’s range of pickup trucks.

Other achievements include designing the Aston Martin DB7, Vanquish and DB9 models, but his greatest achievements have arguably been with his work for Jaguar.

After joining the marque, his first creation with the R Coupe concept, after which he went on to design the Jaguar XK , XF and XJ saloons, along with the F-TYPE and the new XE sports saloon.

High point

He said: “Receiving the Minerva Medal and being recognised for my contribution to car design alongside such outstanding designers is a real high point in my career.

“To have my life’s work on display and having the automotive car design industry recognised by such a prestigious society with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh as its patron is a truly humbling experience.”

Callum has also collaborated on a number of exclusive one-off art pieces, like the sculpture designed for the launch of theXE, plus a bespoke watch for the Lightweight E-Type reproduction.

First awarded in 1955, the Minerva Medal has since been given to some of the greatest names in design in the world, including British architect Lord Rogers of Riverside and fashion designer Mary Quant.

However, the last time that the medal was awarded to an automotive designer since 1981, making Callum the first to receive the award since Italian supercar designer Giorgetto Giugiaro.