Industrial design educator who graduated with honors in 1949 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with a degree in industrial design, and received a master of science degree from the University of Wisconsin. He taught at the University of Wisconsin from 1951-56.
Between 1921 and 1924, Wright attended the Art Students League in New York and the Columbia University of Architecture. He began by apprenticing with Norman Bel Geddes, then a stage designer.
In 1930, as a member of the American Union of Decorative Artists and Craftsmen (AUDAC), Wright exhibited his design of an aluminum cocktail shaker at AUDAC's exhibition in Manhattan. The design was such a success that Wright began a business with his wife Mary in 1930, designing and producing spun-aluminum accessories for the home.
US automotive designer who was manager of the Body Development Studio at the Ford Motor Company, and part of the team that designed the Ford Thunderbird, which was introduced in 1955
In the early 1960s, he was promoted to chief interior designer, and was on the team that designed the Ford Mustang, which was introduced in 1964. For a period of time he was assigned to Ford England to broaden his experience.
There is inherent irony in my having been elected to Fellowship or, indeed, to my being a member of IDSA in the first place. The reason is that I have never studied industrial design formally, and so can be regarded as a largely undetected impostor.