Richard Ferlazzo – Car Designer

Born in Sydney in 1961 to Italian parents, Richard spent his early years in the peaceful town of Windsor in NSW and from an early age demonstrated the ability to draw and a keen interest in design and cars. Moving to Melbourne in 1971, he completed his education and maintained his creative ambitions. At one time considering architecture as a vocation, he ultimately found industrial design to be the right fit.

Graduating in Industrial Design (RMIT) in 1982, he first found employment as a Product/Display Designer, but the opportunity to fulfil his desire to work in automotive design first came in 1986 at Toyota, where he worked on ‘localising’ Japanese models for the Australian market. Two years later, in 1988, he moved to GM Holden and has been there ever since.

During this time he has worked on many GM products, alternating between interior and exterior design, before progressing to his current role as Chief Designer. He has also had the opportunity to work at GM Design Headquarters in Detroit in 1995/1996 and has worked on other brands like Chevrolet, Cadillac, Pontiac and Buick.

Career highlights include working on many Holden production cars and creating the Holden EFIJY concept car in 2005. Richard also updated the Holden Lion logo design in 1994, a logo that is still current today.

Richard lives in suburban Melbourne with his musician wife Sherrin and daughters Amelia and Laura.



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