Lance Rake

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


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

Designer, Abari Bamboo Bicycle, Lance G Rake, Abari Nepal, 01/01/2016 - 02/28/2018

Designer, Bikeshare Bamboo Bicycle, Lance G Rake, Industrial Design Center, Indian Institute of Technology- Bombay., 01/01/2016 - 02/28/2018

Designer, Bamboost e-Bike, Lance G Rake, HERObike, Greensboro, AL, 01/01/2015 - 02/28/2016

Designer, Whalebone Stand Up Paddleboard, Lance G Rake, HERObike, Greensboro, AL, 06/01/2014 - 07/31/2015

Designer, Semester Bicycles, Lance G Rake, HERObike
Greensboro, Alabama, 01/01/2012 - 02/28/2014

Designer, Flatpack Bicycle, Lance G Rake, HERObike
Greensboro, Alabama, 08/01/2012 - 02/28/2013

Designer, Woven Tube Road Bike, Lance G Rake, HERObike
Greensboro, Alabama, 08/01/2012 - 02/28/2013 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
Biking, Bamboo Style: KUCR newscast
A Bicycle Built From Bamboo...: nhpr New Hampshire News