Profile: Ian Callum, Design Director at Jaguar

Born in Dumfries, Scotland, Ian Callum studied Industrial Design at Glasgow School of Art and tailored his talents with a two-year course in Automobile Design at the Royal College of Art before being recruited by Ford in 1978. He spent 12 years working in the company’s design studios, before going on to work at Ghia, TWR and Aston Martin.

Ian joined Jaguar in 1999 and, under his direction, Jaguar Design created concepts including the R-Coupe, RD-6 and Advanced Lightweight Coupe. Within the space of just three years the Jaguar production range changed completely.

The first of the new era of Jaguars was the aluminium-bodied XK, which was followed by the XF and current XJ sedan – each representing a further iteration of the marque’s new design language.

That new design language has been further defined with the recently launched F-Type roadster, the brand’s long overdue E-Type successor and the first true Jaguar sports car since the twin turbocharged, mid-engined XJ220 of 1992.

Callum has received five honorary doctorates from universities around the world as well as being honored as a Royal Designer for Industry by the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).


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