Goodbye to the Old and on to the New

Screen Shot 2019-01-28 at 7.10.42 PMGoodbye to the Old and on to the New…….   

is a phrase we hear often this time of year.  For me and all of us in our Alexandria Office of Davis Partnership Architects, it has a special meaning.

Goodbye to the Old – After 27 years of “Healing Design” we are closing our doors at 635 S Fairfax, Alexandria, VA.  



    • 22 Years – Huelat Parimucha
    • 4 years – Huelat Davis
    • 1 year – Davis Partnership Architects

Davis Operations will be moved back to their Denver office as of February 1, 2019.  

We are proud of our healing design legacy. Our boutique healthcare design firm started back in 1991 by my late husband Joe and myself.  We crafted the firm to make a patient-centered difference.

And now on to the NEW! Screen Shot 2019-01-28 at 7.11.06 PM

Staff have spread their wings and carrying healing environments and patient-centered design to new firms and clients. Barbara is a leading Healing Design consultant practice working with many of our visionary clients such as MedStar, Sentara, US Oncology and MeadowView.

Brian is moving to Array Architects as an Engagement Manager, Ariel is also moving to Array as Architectural Designer, Amanda (Ace) is with ZGF Architects, Julie went with Zoe Feldman Design and Angela landed a senior leadership position at LRS Federal.  Congrats and best wishes to all.    

Barbara Huelat Develops New Healing Color Palette for LG HI-MACS

LG HI-MACS introduces 15 colors selected by Barbara Huelat for their new Healthcare Collection.  The 15 colors have been found to be the most suitable for healthcare environments.  In addition, the collection tells a story.

Garden Stone Collection

“The conscious stone to beauty grew” – Emerson

Zen Gardens are both peaceful and playful.  These are healing environments specifically designed to provide peace, serenity and escape from stress of daily life.  They are environment to reflect, seek inner peace and support healing.  Unlike other typical gardens that feature flowers, Zen gardens feature stones.  These stones are considered the “Soul” of the garden and represent nature’s elements.

Exploring nature’s themes for healing environments, this collection of “Soul Stones” offers 15 solid surface stones that are inspired by Zen healing garden.

The soul stones designed specifically for healthcare environments provide five palettes. The Root Stones of Harmony, Balance, Simplicity  and Natural   the essence of the healing environment principles allowing designers to create healing spaces.

Japanese Zen gardens actually have very little plant material. There is no pond and no river. It represents the Zen Buddhist philosophy and helps in meditation. It also teaches the principles of the religion. Materials usually consist of rock, gravel, sand and maybe some moss. Ryoanji is the Zen temple most famous for its rock garden. Stones are more important to the Japanese than trees. Rocks may be handed down from generation to generation.

In Zen gardens of all kinds stone is the major element. There are three types of Japanese Zen gardens. The Tsukiyama or hill garden, the Karesansui or dry garden and the Chaniwa or tea garden which is built for the tea ceremony. All of these gardens incorporate rocks.

The idea of a Zen garden is simplicity of design. This adds dignity and grace to the Japanese garden. Everything placed in  the garden symbolizes something. Rocks represent a sense of power and desire or can symbolize a feeling of tranquillity, depending on the shape of the rock.

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There are five classes of stone shapes. The taido is a tall vertical rock, the reisho is low vertical, the shigyo is arching, the shintai is flat and the kikyaku is reclining. Each shape is carefully chosen and placed to create an idealized conception of nature along with the artistic feeling of the creator.  The new “Garden Stone Healthcare Collection” invites designers and architect to create their own healing garden to support healing.




Barbara National Speaking Engagements


Barbara Huelat presents “Healing Environments for Home Work & Play”  accross the country with Design Arts Seminairs.  It is a 8 hour class with 8 AIA & IDEC CEU’s.  The topic deals with healthy building concepts that can be integrated into all building types.  See Guest Speaking, Lectures & Seminars for full details on the next class near you.  You can also visit Design Arts Seminairs at for full couse details and regristration.

Taking the Pulse of Ambulatory Care

For over 30 years Ambulatory Care Environments have been a major force in patient care delivery.   Today’s drivers of new technology, less invasive procedures, the affordable care act, and consumer demands, are transforming these environments right out of the box.


Ambulatory Care delivery is spilling out to diverse places and spaces.  Medical advice is as close as your smart phone, flu shots are available down the street at the drug store, clinics are popping up in discount department store, cancer screening is now traveling to your church in a mamovan and E-med is no longer science fiction but a reality.  In addition we are seeing a new delivery model of specialized clinics in strip malls and even wellness campuses providing a full spectrum of outpatient care. Furthermore, the Veteran Affairs Department is developing the Medical Home and Telemedicineand it is all happening with lightning speed.  Outpatient surgeries have increased by two thirds since 2006. Nearly 75% of elective surgeries are performed as outpatient procedures, and it is not stopping there.

What is behind this transformation? Is this a trend or fad?  What does this mean for the healthcare design community? This webinar investigates the diversity of these environments, the drivers behind this exponential growth, the players and what the design implications are.

The Speakers:

Barbara J. Huelat, FASID, EDAC, AAHID
Design Principal, Huelat Parimucha Healing Design

Barbara J. Huelat, design principal at Huelat Parimucha is nationally recognized for work in evidence based healthcare design and serves as a healing environment consultant to healthcare facilities, product manufacturers, academia, institutions and the architectural design community.  Her three decades of design experience cover virtually all types, components and sizes of domestic and international healthcare facilities.  She currently leads the architectural and interior design studio at Huelat Parimucha. Projects include; design research with ER One, diverse ambulatory care environments such as clinical settings with George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, hospital design, planning with Sentra and Medstar systems as well as  multiple Planetree projects with the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Ms. Huelat is the author of Healing Environments and Design for the Body Mind and Spirit. She is a popular speaker who lectures frequently and publishes articles on healing environments as well as a diverse spectrum of healthcare design topics.

Ms. Huelat completed her undergraduate work at Harrington Institute of Design with continuing studies in the Divisional Masters Program at the University of Chicago.  She is Evidence Based Design, AAHID Certified, license to Practice Interior Design, and certified with the Planetree Visionary Design Network.

American Society of Interior Designers, the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Healthcare Engineers, Planetree, and the Center for Healthcare Design has honored Barbara and her exceptional work with numerous design awards.

Barbara’s extensive knowledge as well the firm’s extensive work in ambulatory care and patient centered design, provides the basis for this webinar.

Frank Willcoxon, AIA Associate, AAH
Project Manager, Huelat Parimucha Healing Design

Frank heads the transformational architectural group at Huelat Parimucha Healing Design, as well as managing disciplines such as interior design, MEP, structural engineering and Cost Analysis. He leads and manages the firm’s VA projects as well as a diverse range of architectural ambulatory projects as well. Frank’s expertise in outpatient environments has led to the firm’s continued success with George Washington University’s Medical Faculty Associates, designing  over 51 outpatient environments.  GWMFA is a leading ambulatory care provider with over 900 physicians and researchers.  Medical specialists see patients at their main campus at George Washington University, as well as Howard University, Sibley Memorial, Suburban and Inova Alexandria Hospitals, Reston Hospital Center, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital and an international site in the Middle East.  GWMFA’s diverse specialties range from diagnostic clinics, research offices, labs, central administration, to the recently completed mamovan department and E-Medicine group for 55 physicians.

Frank, with nearly 14 years of experience received his architectural degree from the New School of Architecture and Design, San Diego, California.  Before working at Huelat Parimucha, Frank was with Niles Bolton Associates as a Project Architect designing high rise and multiple family housing.

Franks extensive knowledge of codes extends to these specialty outpatient settings. This webinar integrates Frank’s working relationship with the VA’s transformational model of patient centered design with his technical expertise that are required when special medical needs are integrated to the non-medical space.

About Huelat Parimucha Healing Design and Ambulatory Care Environments

For over 20 years, Huelat Parimucha has created diverse and award-winning outpatient care spaces that have set benchmarks in Ambulatory Care.  The firm has achieved meaningful results, contributed to cost savings and received national recognition by putting the patient first.

Our talented professionals are devoted to the healing environment mission by delivering high performance, evidence based designs that are flexible and lean.  The success of these projects is based upon:

  • Leverage of “lean”  principles
  • Knowledge and experience in visionary ambulatory concepts
  • Adapting medical spaces in diverse places
  • Address boutique, retail and mobile needs
  • Evidence based design and best practices
  • Planetree, patient centered and listens to the consumer
  • Sustainable
  • Exceeds client expectations
  • Improve outcomes

For more information please contact Barbara Huelat at or

Huelat Parimucha Healing Design
653 South Fairfax Street,
Alexandria, VA 22314

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