Johannes Lampela

Director, Industrial Design, LA Studio
Designworks, A BMW Group Company


Johannes joined Designworks LA studio in 2005 as a designer, becoming Director of Industrial Design in 2015. He leads a multidisciplinary team of designers and creative directors, and has led significant design projects with BMW Group brands, Singapore Airlines, Delta, Landscapeforms, Allsteel, Bay Area Rapid Transit and Hyperloop One.

His passion for design stems from growing up in Finland, in a culture where good design is a norm rather than an exception.

Prior to joining Designworks, Johannes acquired his design foundation in Europe, earning his bachelor’s degree from Lahti Design Institute in Finland, and his master’s degree from Domus Academy in Italy. Johannes went on to form a design collective in Milan, collaborating with Future Concept Lab, Domus Academy, and several residential and urban furniture manufacturers.

“Good design tells a story by addressing both functional qualities –how we use it, and emotional qualities –how we perceive it, to create better user experiences.”

In addition to his role at Designworks, Johannes is a frequent guest lecturer at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California.