College for Creative Studies: Transportation Design


John Manoogian II

Adjunct Faculty

MBA, Oakland University
BA, Michigan State University
BS, Art Center College of Design

Research Interests:

"Design Thinking" as a process
History of Automotive Design

Professional Experience:

33 Years @ General Motors Design Staff

Dir. of Design, Cadillac Exterior:
Motor Trend Car of the Year Cadillac CTS
2 Presidential Limousines
33% of all GM cars sold 2008 were a result of Manoogian's team's efforts

Executive Vehicle Chief Designer:
Buick,Chevrolet,Pontiac Exterior

Chief Designer Pontiac Exterior

Assist. Chief Designer
Saturn Exterior, Pontiac Exterior, Cadillac Exterior

Portfolio Team:
Responsible for interviewing and hiring college graduates for design positions at GM Design

Sheetmetal Subject Matter Expert 
Exterior Quality Champion

3 Design Patents

John Manoogian II is currently acting as a design consultant for his recently formed design consultancy Forzablitz, working on various design projects which included an electric car project. He has also been retained as an Expert Witness in Automotive Design Patent case. Additionally, Manoogian is teaching the next generation of transportation designers as an Adjunct Professor at CCS.

Significant Publications/Presentations/Exhibitions:

  • Speaker: Industrial Designer's Society of America Annual Michigan conference on Transportation 
  • Speaker: Portland Art Museum, Art of the Automobile"
  • Speaker: Cadillac Club of America, Classic Car Club of America
  • Documentary "Detroit in Overdrive"
  • Concours Judge: La Jolla,CA, Meadowbrook Concours, Eyes on Design Automotive Design Exhibition
  • MSNBC,NPR, various Automotive television program guest speaker
  • Quoted in Automotive publications regarding design trends and automotive design