Lance Rake

School of Architecture & Design - Design
Professor
Primary office:
785.424.3117
Chalmers Hall, 347
University of Kansas
1467 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Summary

For over 40 years, I have been learning, practicing, and teaching industrial design, often at the same time. Honored as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2015 and currently Professor of Industrial Design at the University of Kansas, I have also taught full-time at Auburn University and Carrington Technical Institute in Auckland, New Zealand. Additionally, I have taught short courses at Konstfackskolan in Stockholm and been a visiting professor at Staffordshire University in Stoke-on-Trent, England, Halmstad University in Sweden, and the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay in Mumbai, India. My design research has been supported by private and public grants, and findings presented at national and international design conferences and institutions. For several years I have been using my experience as both teacher and practitioner of design to serve as an expert witness in design patent infringement and product liability cases. I was one of "133 Distinguished Industrial Design Professionals and Professors" to sign the Amicus Brief supporting Apple in its case against Samsung before the Supreme Court.

Working alone or in collaboration with other professionals, I have designed numerous commercial products, consumer products, aircraft and boat interiors, graphics, packaging, and exhibits. I was chosen by the editors at ID Magazine chose as one of the "Design 50".

Recently, my research efforts have been focused toward using design to create sustainable craft-based enterprises in rural communities in the US, Africa, and India.

Selected Work

Abari Bamboo Bicycle. Lance G Rake. Abari Nepal. 1/1/2016 - 2/28/2018. I designed the first generation Abari bike in 2016 when I was working with the international architecture firm Abari Nepal to develop new designs using native bamboo. The Abari bike uses a unique structural design that uses the natural flexibility of bamboo to create stiffness in the frame. The Abari Bike will be shown in the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Hartford, CT in February, 2018
Bikeshare Bamboo Bicycle. Lance G Rake. Industrial Design Center, Indian Institute of Technology- Bombay. 1/1/2016 - 2/28/2018. I designed the first generation Bikeshare bike in 2016 when I was in India on a Fulbright to develop new designs using native bamboo. The Bikeshare bike uses a unique structural design that uses mechanical joints instead of epoxy resins to make the frame easier to repair, cheaper to produce, and less toxic to the environment. It is designed to be used as part of a comprehensive bikeshare program on the IIT-B campus.The Bikeshare Bike will be shown in the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Hartford, CT in February, 2018
Bamboost e-Bike. Lance G Rake. HERObike, Greensboro, AL. 1/1/2015 - 2/28/2016. I designed the Bamboost e-Bike for HERO, a not-for-profit located in Greensboro, AL, as a way to create quality craft-based jobs. Most of my design work for HERO explores the use of bamboo- a local resource in rural Alabama. The e-Bike is an innovative bamboo composite that is designed for easy fabrication in the Greensboro workshop. The Bamboost e-Bike was shown in the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Louisville, KY in March, 2015
Whalebone Stand Up Paddleboard. Lance G Rake. HERObike, Greensboro, AL. 6/1/2014 - 7/31/2015. I designed the Whalebone Stand Up Paddleboard for HERO, a not-for-profit located in Greensboro, AL, as a way to create quality craft-based jobs. Most of my design work for HERO explores the use of bamboo- a local resource in rural Alabama. The Whalebone is an innovative skin-on-frame design that uses an inexpensive but strong structure made of laser cut cardboard and bamboo strips. Whalebone was designed to be made in weekend workshops in the Greensboro workshop
Semester Bicycles. Lance G Rake. HERObike
Greensboro, Alabama. 1/1/2012 - 2/28/2014. I designed the Semester Bike for HERO, a not-for-profit located in Greensboro, Alabama, as a way to create quality craft-based jobs. Most of my design work for HERO explores the use of bamboo- a local resource in rural Alabama. The Semester is a bamboo composite design
Flatpack Bicycle. Lance G Rake. HERObike
Greensboro, Alabama. 8/1/2012 - 2/28/2013. I designed the Flatpack Bike for HERO, a not-for-profit located in Greensboro, Alabama, as a way to create quality craft-based jobs. Most of my design work for HERO explores the use of bamboo- a local resource in rural Alabama. The Flatpack is a bamboo composite design that also uses waterjet cut aluminum panels. The entire bicycle arrives in a small box and can be easily assembled with minimal tools. The Flatpack was shown in the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Charlotte, NC in March, 2013
Woven Tube Road Bike. Lance G Rake. HERObike
Greensboro, Alabama. 8/1/2012 - 2/28/2013. I designed the Woven Tube Bike for HERO, a not-for-profit located in Greensboro, Alabama, as a way to create quality craft-based jobs. Most of my design work for HERO explores the use of bamboo- a local resource in rural Alabama. The Woven Tube bike is an innovative bamboo/carbon fiber composite that is extremely lightweight. The Woven Tube Road Bike was shown in the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Charlotte, NC in March, 2014

 

Wired.com: A Bamboo Bike Designed to Lift People From Poverty
CORE 77: Semester Bike Project
Design Boom: Semester Bike built to drive positive change
Fast Company: Semester Bike designed to create jobs in Alabama
Public Interest Design.com
Design Indaba.com
Biking, Bamboo Style: KUCR newscast
A Bicycle Built From Bamboo...: nhpr New Hampshire News

 

 


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