Chair and Director of the Intellegent Mobity Design Centre
Head of the Vehicle Design Programme
Royal College of Art
Professor Dale Harrow is Chair of the Intelligent Mobility Design Centre (IMDC) recognised as a global centre of excellence. He is an international opinion former, commentator and media persona on design in the automotive and transport industry. He is a multi award-winning designer, regularly cited as one of the most influential figures in the automotive industry. In December 2003 BBC Top Gear identified Dale at the eighth most important person in the automotive industry (George Bush was no.1 and Bin Laden no. 13!). Autocar Magazine published ‘Top 100 most Influential Brits’ in May 2004 and identified Dale as number 33 in the world automotive industry.
His work to redesign the Emergency Ambulance won major design awards including the Design Museums Transport Design of the Year 2012. He is currently engaged with projects including the design of a new sustainable taxi for London and ‘Gateway’ an 8M major UK funded trans-disciplinary project on autonomous vehicle design and public adoption. He is currently curating a major show at London’s V&A museum celebrating the history of car design. He has worked as a design consultant with many companies, lectured world-wide on the subject, and frequently acts as a judge at international events and competitions. He was part of the team that redesigned The London Taxi Cab to significantly improve acess for disabled and visually impaired users, and was awarded Millinnium Product status by the Design Council.
Dale is a Fellow of the Royal College of Art, A fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and a Freeman of the City of London; he has chaired the design stream of the Automotive Council UK and is a trustee of the Design Council UK.