Filippo Perini tries hard to avoid the spotlight.
Perini, who was at Alfa Romeo from 1993 to 2003, gets credit for styling the Alfa Romeo 147 entry-premium car. But he insists he was just part of the car's design team.
He also refuses to take credit for designing the most celebrated Alfa of the past 20 years, the 156 medium-premium sedan.
In June 2004, Perini joined Lamborghini after 10 months at Audi. Lamborghini, Seat and Audi are part of the Audi brand group. Lamborghini design boss Walter de' Silva, who also heads design for the Audi brand group, considers Perini one of the group's stars. De' Silva believes that Perini eventually could lead the Lamborghini styling center.
Perini isn't worried about future job titles. His goal is to have one of his designs used for the next-generation Murcielago, Lamborghini's flagship, which is due in about three years.
Name: Filippo Perini.
Title: Lamborghini exterior design director.
Education: Degree in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan.
What do you drive?
An Audi A4 Avant TDI quattro during the week and an old Alfa Romeo Spider during the weekend.
What was your first job in the auto industry?
Interior designer at Alfa Romeo in 1993.
What advice would you give someone who wants to become a car designer?
Attend a good automotive design school.
What misconception do people have about your job?
Young people think that designing cars is just about making some nice drawings, while it is a much more complicated business.
Which cars do you wish you designed?
The original Lamborghini Miura; Ferrari 250 SWB.
Which cars are you glad you didn't design?
The Fiat Multipla.
What didn't they teach you about your job in design school?
My design school was Walter de' Silva, and I have no regrets about this.
Finish this sentence: When it comes to car design, pedestrian safety rules:
Offer many advantages when your entire model range has the engine in the rear.