Blake Lane has what he calls, a “passion for problem-solving in three dimensions,” and it’s followed him from building with Legos as a child to studying architecture in college, to a career in medical design research today. He brings that passion with him to THRIVE, along with extensive experience in human-centered methodologies as a tool to get to know people, uncover insights and create impactful solutions. This includes, in particular, different approaches for understanding and thinking about the healthcare space, like looking at the whole hospital ecosystem to find new ways to provide better care for patients, or within the context of the entire care journey of that person, which might also involve a parent or spouse.


After receiving his BFA in interior design from Valdosta State University in Georgia, Blake went on to earn his master’s degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati, where he is also a PhD candidate. It was while doing theoretical research on spatial design for his doctoral degree that Blake homed in on his interest in user-centered research and design thinking, and began working for the Live Well Collaborative, a design and product innovation consultancy in the Cincinnati area. At Live Well, Blake worked on projects with Fortune 500 companies

Like Procter & Gamble, Pfizer and Boeing, as well as top-ranked healthcare institutions including the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). For CCHMC, he worked across all spectrums of the hospital, from creating the most comfortable cancer patient journey to developing an ideal anesthesia induction experience for children, which resulted in a patent filing credited to his name.


Outside of work, you might find Blake on the tennis court (he’s been playing since he was still in single digits) or solving some three-dimensional problems of his own; Blake and his partner are renovating a house from the 1880s and spend much of their spare time tackling home improvement projects.