Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Are Honoured; Trio Are Recognised Again by Uni

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Are Honoured; Trio Are Recognised Again by Uni

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A JAMES Bond car designer and an international artist have become the first to be awarded a second honour from Teesside University in recognition of their success.

For the first time Teesside University has this year decided to give higher awards to three of its previous honorary graduates in recognition of their further success.

Marek Reichman, Aston Martin's design director, and internationally renowned artist Mackenzie Thorpe were the first of the three to receive the higher honours at Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Andy Lomas, who also has a masters degree from Teesside University in computer graphics and received his honorary masters of Art in 2004 was due to receive a Doctor in Professional Achievement today. He has worked on TV show Walking with Dinosaurs as well as The Matrix and Avatar movies.

Marek received his first honour in 2006 and has been honoured again with a Doctor in Professional Achievement.

He gained a degree in industrial design from the university in 1989.

And he was among the academic procession that set off from the university along Albert Road to Middlesbrough Town Hall in the first of this week's graduation ceremonies.

He said: "It's amazing, I feel very proud and very honoured to be recognised.

I love coming back here and the enthusiasm of the people."

As part of his work with Aston Martin, Marek was involved in designing the DBS, which was driven by Daniel Craig in the James Bond film Casino Royale.

"Designing a car for James Bond has been a really special moment for me and my team," said Marek, who graduated with a BA in industrial design in 1989.

"Daniel is a really nice guy. He came to the studio a couple of times as we wanted to update him how the car was going."

Marek worked closely with the film director Martin Campbell, to make sure every detail was spot on.

Describing Daniel's reaction to the DBS, Marek said: "When we delivered the first car to Prague it was like seeing a child at Christmas."

Marek has also been involved in designing some of Aston Martin's iconic brands including overseeing production of the Rapide Concept. …

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