Company : Management : Thomas Bürkle

Chief Designer
Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre

Education and career summary:

Bürkle studied Industrial Design at Pforzheim University from 1984 to 1990, specializing in Automotive Design. During his education, Bürkle worked at the Department of Corporate and Advanced Design for Mercedes-Benz.

Bürkle started his career at Toyota’s European Design Centre in Brussels (1990-1997), moving to the Institute for Design and Photography (IDEP) in Barcelona (1998) to further advance his digital modelling skills. After his time in Spain, Bürkle returned to his native Germany working on the “Car Multimedia” project for Volkswagen Group (1999). In 2000, he joined BMW as Chief Manager to lead design projects. Bürkle was responsible for the production design development of the 3-Series and 6-Series exterior and interior, amongst other BMW models.

In 2005, Bürkle joined Hyundai Motor Europe. During his time at the company’s Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, he has overseen the design of numerous production vehicles, including i10, i20, i30, i40, ix20 and ix35. Bürkle’s work has also included concept car projects, including Genus (unveiled at Geneva Motor Show 2006), Arnejs (Paris 2006), QarmaQ (Geneva 2007), i-mode (Geneva 2008), ix-onic (Geneva 2009) and the i-flow (Geneva 2010).