Auditorium Talk

Defender-Replacing an Icon

Hear Professor Gerry McGovern OBE discuss the challenge of replacing the iconic Land Rover Defender.

What to expect

The world has changed massively since the creation of the original Defender over 70 years ago. The New Land Rover Defender is a visually compelling vehicle that is immediately identifiable as a Defender reimagined for the modern world.

Hear Professor Gerry McGovern OBE, Chief Creative Officer at Land Rover, share his vision and the challenge of replacing such an iconic vehicle with design renders and films created by the Land Rover design studio. Tim Marlow, new CEO and Director at the Design Museum, will dig deeper into how McGovern has transformed Land Rover through compelling design and a love of modernism.

You will also have a unique opportunity to see two full size Defender models created at the Land Rover design studio under McGovern’s watchful eye and experience a compelling insight into one of the world’s top luxury brands.

Booking information

Free, booking required.

Please note the event is now fully booked.


Professor Gerry McGovern OBE

Gerry McGovern is the Chief Creative Officer at Land Rover. He creates some of the world’s most distinctive and desirable vehicles and is recognised as one of the world’s critically acclaimed automotive design leaders.

Tim Marlow

Tim Marlow is a leading curator, writer and broadcaster. He was Director of Exhibitions at White Cube for over 10 years before moving to the Royal Academy of Arts in 2014. He has worked with many of the most important and influential artists and architects of our time. He will start his new role at the Design Museum in January 2020.

Amy Frascella

Amy Frascella leads the Land Rover Colour & Materials Design team. Delivering vehicle programmes from concept through to production, Special Vehicle projects and commissions for bespoke vehicles & personalisation. Since joining Land Rover Amy has collaborated and taken the lead on Colour & Materials content for numerous internal white space projects.

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