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Lincoln and AIA Compare Cars and Buildings in MCAD Panel

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A recent panel discussion at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design focused upon the similarities between contemporary luxury automotive design and the architecture necessary to construct high-end buildings. Both mediums require the integration of proportion, volume, form, and space among other features, so there are more shared aspects than one might initially suspect at first glance. On hand to discuss these mutual traits were representatives from Lincoln and AIA (the American Institute of Architects).

On hand for the MCAD’s February 27 panel was Lincoln’s director of design, David Woodhouse, who sees numerous similarities between designing buildings and automobiles:

“With any product or experience, the world of luxury design follows basic, yet vital, tenets. Both luxury automobile designers and designers of high-end buildings need their creations to meet all the necessary functional requirements, but elevate the execution in a way that speaks to people’s aspirations, taps into their dreams and helps them stand apart from the crowd.”

Woodhouse was joined on the panel by AIA members Rene Gonzalez (principal of Rene Gonzalez Architect) and Bernard Zyscovich (managing partner of Zyscovich Inc). The panel was moderated by AIA member/senior project architect at Stantec/1971 Lincoln Mark III owner Javier F. Salman.

“Luxury automobile exterior design should be simple, inviting, approachable and most of all, elegant,” Woodhouse said. “Exterior design needs to be complemented by an interior that makes the driver feel comfortable and confident. Ultimately, the two work together to create an experience that is unique, personal and luxurious.”


Lincoln and AIA

People from Lincoln and AIA sat down late last month to discuss the similarities between architecture and automotive design.

Lincoln and AIA

A great time was had by all.

Lincoln and AIA

The AIA is definitely on the cutting edge of chairs and stairs. Really though, those stairs. Can you say optical illusion?



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