Thoughts and ideas from Healing Design

  • HIBR Virtual Forum
    August 31, 2022 at 4:00 AM

    HiBR 2022 Virtual ForumMaking Connections - Research to PracticeSeptember 28-29, 2022 | 11am - 3pm EST
    This FREE Health in Buildings Roundtable (HiBR) Forum brings together the Interdisciplinary health and sustainable buildings communities to discus...

  • The Power of Observation
    May 16, 2022 at 4:00 AM

    During one of my recent lectures on Biophilia, a compelling question was asked, "How can we learn to be more observant? Is there a class or special training?" I immediately thought of Michael Gelb's book on "How to think like Leonard...

  • Trending in Senior Living Design
    April 23, 2021 at 4:00 AM

    The pandemic accelerates new design trends for senior living environments, Improving wellness outcomes for the elderly, refining indoor air quality, access to Nature, circadian lighting, and outdoor wellness activities. WELL Building certified is not j...

  • Design for the Cancer Journey
    April 12, 2021 at 4:00 AM

    The cancer treatment journey embraces the patient and their loved ones across the cancer experience from diagnosis through survivorship. This journey is complex, diverse, and intensely human. Individuals must cope with numerous physical and emotional ch...

  • The New Healthcare Consumer
    February 22, 2021 at 5:00 AM

    By Barbara Huelat

    Better experiences improve outcomes through human engagement. Yet, as we continually unravel human emotions behind the healing and disease, we find ill people are still capable of love, joy, value and have the potential to exper...

  • Trending in Hospital Design
    March 29, 2021 at 4:00 AM

    Hospital design trends

    According to Barbara J. Huelat, AAHID, FASID, EDAC, principal of Healing Design, Alexandria, Va., the most important issue in health care interior design right now is infection protection. In the midst of the pandemic, fa...

  • Healing Design "Human Centric Solutions"
    November 2, 2020 at 5:00 AM

    By Susan El-Naggar, ASID, NCIDQ, RID, WELL AP, LEED Green Associate. President of the American Society of Interior Designers, Illinois Chapter. Principal, Healing Environments

    “Health & Wellness” is trending right now for coun...

  • Positive Distractions
    March 24, 2020 at 4:00 AM

    Trauma, emergency medicine, mass casualties and the anthrax outbreak gave way to creative solutions for the design of ER One in late 2001. We met these challenges with design for bacteria mitigation, workflow stimulations, staff respite and positive distractions. Today we have new challenges that are changing our world as we knew it.

  • Upcoming Webinar Day
    Patient Safety, Health and Wellness through Technology and Biophilic Design

    March 12, 2020 at 5:00 AM

    Biophilia is defined as a love of the living world. We seek nature, especially when we don't feel well. Our work as architects and designers should embrace nature as the teacher to solve complex issues in challenging building spaces.

    This web...

  • Patient Engagement: The New Model in Healing Environments
    February 4, 2020 at 5:00 AM

    “Patient engagement is the blockbuster drug of the century”Dr. Fazard Mostashari, Patient Engagement Medicine’s New Blockbuster Drug

    What is a Healing Environment? Healing environments began trending in the 80’...

  • Joy - The Outcome of Color
    December 17, 2019 at 5:00 AM

    In my Northern climate the days are getting shorter and grayer. The brilliant Fall colors have faded and lay on the ground dormant and trampled. Summer and Spring profusion of color are a but a distant memory. Winter’s longest night is creeping upon ...

  • Leonardo da Vinci - Our Great Grandfather of Biophilic Design
    November 11, 2019 at 5:00 AM

    Leonardo has long been my superhero, even before superheroes were in vogue or before I understood the concept of biophilic design. Maybe because he was one of the greatest artists, capturing the beauty of humanity in his paintings, or maybe it was his g...

  • Current Trends in Design for Memory Care
    October 25, 2019 at 4:00 AM

    Current Design Trends in Memory Care

    10 top trends in design for dementia

    Barbara J. Huelat, FASID, AAHID, EDA

    20019 Integrated Care in the Older People with Dementia

    Center for Healing E...

  • Healing Environments East and West
    October 24, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    Site Visit E-DA Dachang Hospital, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.

    On a recent speaking engagement addressing design for Memory Care in Taiwan, I had the opportunity to visit a large high-tech medical center and destination hospital in southern Taiwan. We...

  • The Coming of Age of Biophilic Design and Healing Environments
    September 20, 2019 at 4:00 AM



    The District of Columbia Board of Architecture,

    Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture Wisdom of Nature – Biophil...

  • Hi Tech Hi-Touch Convergent Solutions
    August 16, 2019 at 4:00 AM

    Taichung, Taiwan

    July 24 – August 2, 2019

    Hi Tech and Hi Touch are Convergence Solutions – I Just returned from Taiwan where I was an invited keynote speaker for SDPS, Society of Design and Process Science 24thInternational Conference. The ...

  • Art and Science of Healing Design
    January 18, 2019 at 5:00 AM

    AIA|DC’s Design + Wellbeing Committee and the Biophilic Practice Group for a discussion exploring the nature, art, and science behind design for healing. 

    Drawing on four decades of her creative design solutions and research for 300+ domestic and ...

  • | Huelat Davis’ Healing Design, The Views, makes history as the Nation’s 1st WELL Registered Assisted Living
    July 19, 2019 at 4:00 AM

    The Views Senior Living of Marion, Iowa, Unveils the Nation’s 1st WELL Registered Assisted Living, offering a beautiful, healthy and delightful environment for seniors.

    The 4 years of research, planning, design and construction has eventually paid...

  • | Human - Centric Design
    June 21, 2019 at 4:00 AM

    “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when creating them.” – Albert Einstein

    “Does environment impact the human condition? Can our physical environment influence our health, wellbeing, our creative process or...

  • Empowering the Caregiver
    April 12, 2019 at 4:00 AM

    Barbara is presenting Empowering the Caregiver at this years’ Environment for Aging Expo & Conference, Salt Lake City April 7-10.

    Healing environments have long focused on supporting patients on their healing journey. This presentation present...

  • Care for the Caregiver
    December 18, 2018 at 5:00 AM

    Care for the Caregiver

    By Barbara Huelat, FASID, AAHID, EDAC

    Volunteer caregiving is a difficult job that rarely finds its way to resumes. Some survive, many do not. Survivors all have battle scars. They have little or no tr...

  • Human Centric Approach to Understanding Dementia
    October 18, 2018 at 4:00 AM

    What is Dementia?

    My mother used to call it Oldtimers disease – or is this dementia? She wasn’t sure if it was just getting old or was there more to it? As my late husband entered the journey and realized he was forgetting a lot of things, he lame...

  • Healthcare Design Magazine Focuses on Behavioral Health
    June 3, 2018 at 4:00 AM

    Healthcare Magazine did an amazing 4-page piece on Huelat Davis’ recent project Merrifield Center which combines 13 different behavioral health services scattered throughout the county into one comprehensive building.


  • Everyday is a winding road
    April 8, 2019 at 12:00 AM

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  • Time after time
    April 8, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    This is a sample blog post. After this paragraph you will see nonsensical-looking text called "lorem ipsum" text. "Lorem ipsum" text is placeholder text that publishers and graphic designers commonly use to visually represent text in a specific layout o...

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