Simon Lamarre has played an important role in Volvo's decade-long design turnaround.
The 37-year-old Canadian's strength has been his ability to transform ideas into useful 3-D forms.
He was responsible for the interior on the XC90, Volvo's hot-selling premium SUV, and most recently he worked on the exterior of the C30 concept. The car, which shows Volvo's future entry-premium model, has been praised by the press and the public.
Dedication and diligence are two Lamarre traits that should carry him to the top of an automaker's design team.
Name: Simon Lamarre.
Title: Volvo exterior designer at Volvo.
Education: Degree in product design from the University of Quebec, Canada.
What do you drive?
Volvo V70 and a 1998 Skoda Octavia.
What was your first job in the auto industry?
Clay model maker at Saab in 1992.
What advice would you give someone who wants to become a car designer?
Get the best education you can because the competition is getting stronger. And don't give up.
Which cars do you wish you designed?
The original Austin Healey and the McLaren F1.
Which cars are you glad you didn't design?
The Pontiac Aztek.
What didn't they teach you about your job in design school?
How to deal with people at all levels and to compromise. You can't just do what you want.