Martin Chatelier, 4th Year Mobility Design
Class of 2017

Martin Chatelier - student of 4th year Transportation Design at Strate
Recently, Martin Chatelier’s project for the Michelin competition was featured here. Now, in the 4th year of his program, we interviewed Martin again.

– Hello, Martin, please tell us about yourself?

Hello! I am 21 years old. In September 2016, I started studying in the 4th year at STRATE. I started this academic year with an internship in Germany at Mercedes-Benz in, after a 5-month stint at Renault. I came from Nantes to Paris for my studies and my passion – cars!

– Can you share the path you took to enrol at Strate?

It was quite straight-forward. In 2013, I completed my high school with a diploma in science, with optional art and volleyball from Nantes. I straightaway joined Strate after obtaining the Baccalaureate. Before enrolling here, I had worked for an architect for 3 months, between 2011 and 2013. I had also spent a week at Style and Design, formerly called Idestyle, which is the design agency specializing in transport in the Paris region. That was in 2010, and that is where I discovered the world of Auto Design.

– What made you want to come to Strate? Why Strate?

I have been fascinated by cars since I was a little boy. Ever since I can remember, I have spent my time drawing or creating vehicles of all kinds. So when it was time, I found out about the different schools offering design curricula specializing in mobility in France. That is when I learnt about STRATE. I chose Strate over other schools because of its growing reputation in the automotive sector. I also visited the school twice during the open days during my high school years. I was impressed by the variety and quality of the projects exhibited by both the students as well as the institution!

– How did you become interested in mobility design? Were you sure that you wanted to do this before entering Strate?

Like I said before, I have always been passionate about automobiles. I donA?a??a??t know how, when and why it started. I guess I was born with it! And then as I grew up, I also began to take an interest in technological innovations. Plus, I wanted to discover the different problems and flaws in the design of a car. So when I found out that there is actually a profession that involved the designing and creation of vehicles, I knew right away that this is what I wanted to do. All of this only reinforced my interest in STRATE.

– You’re in your 4th year, what is your dream today?

ThatA?a??a??s difficult to answer! I have plenty of dreams! I can definitely say that the dreams that I had as a young boy have become more specific. But they have also broadened thanks to my years at STRATE and the discovery of the world of business. What I do know for sure is that I shall always have this need to create, to design what I have in my head come what may! One of my dreams (among others) is to design someday for the world of cinema.

– What do you see yourself doing, after your studies?

At this point of time, it`s a bit difficult to say what exactly I will be doing after my studies. All I know is that I need to and I will try to learn as much as I possibly can in these years at Strate, during the many internships, in other countries… I am aware that I am extremely fortunate to have access to so much of knowledge here, to be able to travel, to discover other cultures, other people, other professional circles. I am changing, evolving at an impressive speed, which is probably what is stopping me from answering this question very precisely. I’m sure though that I am going to have a lot of fun!