Currently in the last year of a MFA in the Transportation Design Program at Umeå Institute of Design. Expected graduation June 2021.



My name is Sophie Tillema, a curious and passionate automotive designer from the Netherlands. I am currently having an internship at the interior design department at Volvo Cars, previously I have been nine months in the advanced interior design department at Porsche, as well as an internship in interior and exterior design in the M and I department of BMW and an internship in the advanced design team at BRP in Canada. I am in my last year of a masters in transportation design in Umea in Sweden, expecting to graduate in June 2021.

I finished my bachelor of science degree at the faculty of industrial design engineering at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands. My bachelor degree included an exchange in which I followed transportation design at Strate Ecole de Design in Paris. Other notable learning experiences during my bachelor studies were the jobs I fulfilled as a teaching assistant in the drawing and design classes at the university.

My design journey has led me to many inspirational places around the world, continuously searching for new inspiration and challenges. The combination of my technical and creative interests result into an open and curious mindset. Additionally I’m a passionate, enthusiastic and hardworking designer. Furthermore I would describe myself as an analytic person, with a talent for creating and visualizing the concepts of tomorrow.