Walter de Silva joins SPD Milan

04 June 2018 | by Michael Gooderham

Former VW Group and Alfa Romeo design chief Walter De Silva has joined Milan’s Scuola Politecnica di Design (SPD) as the head of their Mobility Lab, part of their Masters in Transportation and Car Design course.

SPD’s research and development labs have previously generated over 200 graduates, and De Silva is keen that the next generation of designers must learn to solve pressing problems concerning city mobility in the near future, in a human-centric way.


 Antonello Fusetti, SPD president, says of the move: “Walter De Silva has made a mark on the history of automotive design and we are honoured to hear that he has accepted to collaborate with SPD in order to share his talent and his wealth of experience. I believe that developing innovative mobility projects with him means having a great opportunity, not only for our school but for the city of Milan and Italy too.

To mark the occasion, and set the tone, De Silva gave a presentation (in the first of what will be a series of conferences) on his thoughts and findings regarding the autonomous vehicles, alternate power sources, sustainability and what the ideal inner-city vehicle can be. You can read more about that on CDN soon.