Accomplished auto designer Larry Erickson joined the College for Creative Studies in
August 2008. Erickson joins CCS from Ford Motor Company where he most recently served as chief designer in Ford's Strategic Design Group working on advanced vehicle development.
Prior to that he was chief designer on the 2005 Mustang Design team and chief designer in Ford Motor Company's Small and Medium Car Vehicle Center (SVC) Design Studio in Dunton, England.
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., Erickson began his design career at General Motors Design in 1983 in its Advanced Aero Studio in Detroit. He returned to California working for Bartlett Design on bus exterior and interior design and Tracy Design working on motorcycle and motorcycle accessory design until 1985 when he returned to General Motors. At General Motors, Erickson served as a senior exterior designer and exterior and interior design manager in the Cadillac studio working on the Seville/STS/Eldorado programs and as vehicle chief designer in the Chevrolet studio working on the Malibu and Cavalier programs.
In addition to his work on production vehicles, Erickson is highly regarded by car enthusiasts for his design and construction of custom cars and hot rods. Working with the late Boyd Coddington, Erickson designed Billy Gibbon's Cadzzilla, Hogzzillas and Aluma Coupe. He has also worked with some of the most talented builders including Chip Foose and Craig Naff. Erickson is an inductee in the National Rod and Custom Car Hall of Fame and the Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame. He serves on the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Board of Directors.