John Manoogian II

John Manoogian II has a BA Product /Industrial Design from Michigan State University, a BS Transportation Design, Art Center College of Design and an MBA, Oakland University.

Manoogian began his professional career as a designer/ clay sculptor for Ford Motor Company. Manoogian then joined General Motors Design in the Oldsmobile Studio. Subsequently, he served as Assistant Chief Designer Exteriors for Cadillac, Saturn and Pontiac, before becoming Chief Designer Pontiac Exteriors, responsible for 1996 Grand Prix and the Interior/ Exterior for the 2004 Grand Prix along with the 1992,'98 Grand Am Exterior Design. He was Chief Designer for the Exteriors of the Buick Lucerne, Chevrolet Impala and the Cadillac DTS.

Manoogian’s final assignment at GM Design was Director of Exterior Design for Cadillac, where he was responsible for the award winning 2008 CTS Sedan,Wagon and the CTS Coupe which won the Best Concept Car Design Award, along with the 'V' varients of the CTS lineup. He was also responsible for the 2006 and 2009 USA Presidential Limousines.

Manoogian left General Motors Design in ‘09 after 32 years service. He formed Forzablitz Design, a creative solutions design consultancy where he has been a consultant for Transportation and Consumer Product Design Strategy.

He is an Adjunct Professor at the College for Creative Studies teaching the next generation of designers and innovators the fine art of Vehicle Design and formulating Design Strategy and Design Thinking.

  • MBA, Oakland University, BA, Michigan State University, BS, Art Center
  • Adjunct Faculty

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