March 7, 2002 - Richard L. Rogers, president of the College for Creative Studies (CCS), has announced that Bryon Fitzpatrick has been named chairman of CCS' Industrial Design department, which is recognized across the globe for its outstanding transportation and product design curricula and training.
Fitzpatrick, who has acted as interim chairman of Industrial Design since November 2001, is charged with developing new curricula and leading and directing the department, which houses the disciplines of furniture design, product design and transportation design.
"In CCS' Industrial Design program, students learn how to combine creative innovation with practical functionality in the design of everything from new consumer electronic products, to sport utility vehicles and chairs," Rogers said. "Bryon Fitzpatrick is a noted industrial designer who brings to CCS immense vision and talent, and varied product design experience that he will use to maintain and enhance our department's stature. We're very pleased to have him lead such important programs at CCS."
Prior to CCS, Fitzpatrick was a faculty member at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, where he taught product design. Before this, he was a faculty member at Art Center College of Design, both in Pasadena, California, and in La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland. At both Art Center sites, Fitzpatrick taught product design, transportation design, product drawing and industrial design research. He also held faculty positions in product design at some of the world's top design schools including the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, Adelaide School of Design in Adelaide, Australia, and Canberra College of Advanced Education in Canberra, Australia. Fitzpatrick also founded his own design firm in Brisbane, Australia, and was president of the firm from 1979 through 1988.
Fitzpatrick has received numerous awards for his designs of vehicles, bicycles, motorcycles, photographic and cinematic equipment, table and glassware, and audio products. He is a three-time recipient of the prestigious European Gold Medal for Design, which he received for a bottle packaging design, an 8 millimeter movie camera design, and a stereo system design. He earned a Diploma of Industrial Design from Queensland Technical College in Queensland, Australia. He was born in Nelson, New Zealand.
A private, fully accredited, four-year college, College for Creative Studies offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in animation and digital media, communication design, crafts, fine arts, illustration, industrial design, interior design, and photography. CCS is credited with having one of the world's most recognized programs in transportation design and for placing more graduates in automotive design than any other school.