We have assembled an impressive panel of Judges who work in senior roles at international car makers and suppliers. Judging Criteria

Guy Burgoyne

Vice President, Geely Design China

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Chen Zheng

Global Design Director, Chang An Auto

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Andreas Deufel

CCO and Vice President of Design, Dongfeng Glory

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Larry Erickson

Global Director of Exteriors Design Group, Magna Exteriors

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Charles Feng

Director of Product Strategy & Vehicle Design, DiDi-Mobility Innovation Center

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Pier Luigi Ferrari

Head of Design, Pininfarina Shanghai

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Anton Garland

Design Manager, Icona

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Daeshik Kim

Founder and Executive Design Director, Kinetic Will Associates

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Titus, Ee-Hung Liu

Associate Design Director, Nissan Design China

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Simon Loasby

Executive Director and Head of Hyundai China Design, Hyundai China Design

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Peter Ortlieb

Head of Design, Volkswagen Group Future Center Asia

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Colin Phipps

Director of Design, GM Shanghai Advanced Design

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Tim Shih

Global Vice President Design, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors

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Paul Snyder

Chair of Transportation Design, College for Creative Studies

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David Wilkie

Design Director, CNH Industrial

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Wu Jingwen

Design Director, Assistant General Manager, DuLing Tech

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Daniel Darancou


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A panel of distinguished automotive and other designers will evaluate the entries for:

Relevance to the brief

Concept originality

Design value and quality

Developmental potential

Presentation and explanation

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The judging process comprises:


Each of the judges will review the entries and choose the best three. The judges work individually in the quiet of their own studios in different parts of the world. The identity of the work they are reviewing is hidden behind a registration number, so the images and, often crucially, the explanation, are all that can be assessed. All entries which receive the votes of at least one judge will be on the shortlist. The shortlists for each category – without any ranking – will be publicised on this website in March 2019. Each of the shortlisted students, and their teacher/professor, will be notified and invited to attend the Awards Ceremony.


From the shortlists, entries will be scored by allocating points on the basis of each of the judges’ rankings. The three entries with the most points will become the finalists. All the judges will sit together in Shanghai in March 2019 for an intensive roundtable judging session, debating and agreeing the winners for each category. One of the category winners will then be chosen by the judges as the overall winner – Student Designer of the Year. In the case of a tie, the Chairman of the Judges will choose the winner. The judges may choose fewer than three for the finalists.


In a night which mixes the cream of the professional design community with the excitement of students, the work of the finalists will be displayed on boards and on screen at the Awards ceremony on 15 April, during the Shanghai auto show 2019. The winner in each category will then be announced.