Ian Callum, Director of Design for Jaguar has been honoured by the Chartered Society of Designers with the prestigious Minerva Medal for his outstanding contribution to automotive design. This medal is an impromptu award, given only when a recipient is identified as being worthy of the recognition.
Presented by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in London, the Minerva Medal is the highest accolade given by the Society and Callum is the first car designer to be awarded this medal since Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro in 1981. He is celebrated for his work at Ford, Aston Martin and bringing a new design philosophy to Jaguar over the past 15 years.
The first of the new models designed by Callum was the Jaguar XK, followed by the XF and the Jaguar XJ saloon cars. His latest work includes the C-X75 supercar concept, the C-X17 concept, the F-Type sports car and the new XE mid-sized sports saloon revealed earlier this year. He was also responsible for the Aston Martin DB7, Vanquish and DB9. During his time at Jaguar, Callum has collaborated with a number of luxury brands. These include a suite in the Taj Hotel in London, a bespoke watch celebrating the Lightweight E-Type for Bremont and a luxury speed boat concept to compliment the launch of the Jaguar XF Sportbrake.