Our Team

Barbara Huelat, AAHID, FASID, EDAC

Barbara Huelat, AAHID, FASID, EDAC

Principal

Barbara Huelat is an indisputable leader, legend and national icon in the field of healthcare interior design. Her life‘s work has been to successfully prove that design can impact human outcomes. She is probably the world’s most sought after speaker and expert on healthcare interior design and her knowledge, presence and experience are breathtaking. Barbara is to healthcare interior design what Socrates is to philosophy and like Socrates in his time she is considered a most prolific and productive producer of thought, theory and practice in the world today. Like Socrates, she helped define a new discipline, a new way of thinking, a new science and in so doing has pushed the plane of human evolution forward. Whether it is certification for interior designers, Planetree, Evidence Based Design or the new "Experiential" based design, Barbara has always been in front of the parade; anticipating, directing and leading people to a new level of consciousness. Barbara was the second President and a founding member of the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID) and she was one of the first to achieve the Evidence Based Design Certification (EDAC). She was present at the literal birth of Planetree in San Diego over 20 years ago and was performing "patient centered design" long before anyone ever coined the phrase. Over the years, she has completed over 500 projects, collected nearly 20 of a myriad of awards, and been published worldwide including two nationally acclaimed books currently in circulation Healing Designs, What’s the Proof? and Healing Environments for Mind, Body and Spirit. Like Socrates, Barbara cares deeply about the development of designers and spends much of her time mentoring, educating and nurturing. She has carefully put together an elite staff to continue her legacy.

Gary Adams, AIA

Gary Adams, AIA

Principal

Gary Adams is both a seasoned leader and a highly effective advocate for his clients, staff and community. As a highly-skilled architect, Gary has overseen the programming, master planning, design and construction for clients throughout the United States for over 42 years. His natural ability to focus on the continuity of his projects by viewing each phase from a “30-thousand-foot view,” allows him to connect his client’s vision to the final outcome through thoughtful execution. He has long focused on healthcare facilities design, and his four decades of experience in this field has been tapped by numerous professional groups, including the AIA Committee on Architecture for Health, the Health Care Forum, and the Association of Operating Room Nurses.

Gary places great value in the longstanding relationships he enjoys with his many repeat clients over the years. He attributes these rewarding professional relationships to mutual integrity and trust, and the opportunity to work with clients who share his personal and professional values and commitment to design excellence. To his clients’ benefit, Gary’s collaborative style allows him to produce a consistently high level of results. His passion — helping others achieve their greatest level of excellence — is what drives him to serve in leadership roles within Huelat Davis, on behalf of his clients, foundations and boards. Gary maintains active architectural license registrations in over 80% of the nation.

Ann Adams

Ann Adams

Operations Director

Ann Adams, Principal at Huelat Davis, is responsible for programming, master planning, design and construction of healthcare projects ranging in size from small critical access hospitals to large, multi-million-dollar hospitals. Ms. Adams has 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry completing renovations, additions and replacement facilities for hospitals throughout the country.

As a certified member of the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA), Ann strives to work towards the improvement of healthcare architecture on behalf of the public through better built environments.

Brian Champa, AIA, EDAC

Brian Champa, AIA, EDAC

Associate / Architect

Brian Champa is a creative and thoughtful designer with a heavy emphasis on the technical arenas of his trade which have been fostered over his career-long focus in healthcare architecture and a lifelong interest in questioning how things work. In 2005, Brian began his career in healthcare architecture after receiving his undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University and completed his graduate work at University of Colorado, Denver. Brian has worked on an extensive list of healthcare projects: large and small, renovation and new construction, in-patient and ambulatory care. While Brian’s skills are most highly tuned as a project manager supporting a multi-disciplinary team, his interest in following current healthcare trends and innovations keeps him up-to-date on the ever-changing industry and its effect on the facilities he designs and details.

Angela Barbarin

Angela Barbarin

Senior Interior Designer

Angela began her career by enlisting in the Air Force and trained as air traffic controller in Berlin Germany. She moved on to the Services career field where she mastered the skills of managing housing and hotels in both permanent and deployed situations. She served 20 years in the Air Force achieving the rank of Senior Master Sergeant by year 15. She enjoyed this aspect of her job so much, she decided to get a degree in Interior Design.

After a brief time in private industry, she decided to use her skills to help veterans. It was a story on the rough conditions at the old Walter Reed hospital that inspired her to look into whether the VA had interior designers. They did. So in 2009 she applied for a position at Martinsburg VA Medical Center and was selected. There she served as a Planetree facilitator and honed her skills in patient centered design. This breadth of experience has helped her grow as a designer and she is excited to be a part of the Huelat Davis Healing Design team.

Amanda Claire Seligman, Associate AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC

Amanda Claire Seligman, Associate AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC

Architect Intern

Amanda Claire Seligman, also known as Ace, is an aspiring architect with strong creative and technical skills. She has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture and Planning from The Catholic University of America, and a Master of Architecture from Clemson University. She is well traveled, having helped build a school in Honduras and a church in Costa Rica, studied architecture in Barcelona, and taught English at Tsinghua University in Beijing and Chang‘an University in Xi’an, China. Ace will always find a way to hop on a plane and explore! Her experiences in architecture, travel, and meeting and working with others from around the world has sparked her passion and drive to contribute to the rapid evolution of architecture. Ace is particularly inspired by the current direction of healthcare design, which is driven by person centered design, and supported by Evidence Based Design, Planetree, LEED, Well Building, and phenomenology.

Rachael Johnson, AIA

Rachael Johnson, AIA

Architect

Rachael Johnson, through personal and professional experiences, brings focused cancer treatment expertise to Huelat Davis and Davis Partnership Architects. This specific knowledge serves as a core for her broader healthcare experience and the learning to be built upon. Rachael’s attention to detail and sense of personal ownership elevates everything she is involved with and pervades the overall quality of her work, her team’s output, the coordination between client and contractor, and ultimately, the project itself. Rachael also brings extensive interest in and exposure to such innovative practices as lean processes and evidence-based design.

Ariel Santiago

Ariel Santiago

Senior Architectural Designer

Ariel Santiago, is a creative and detail oriented designer with a diversified experience that includes award winning residential, commercial, institutional and historic preservation projects. In 2007 he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. His interest in health and human well-being led him to study biology and is in healthcare design that he has being able to combine his two passions, health and architecture. He strongly believes in architecture as a major influential force in human emotions and that strategic design could improve health.

On his spare time he enjoys traveling, cycling, reading, sketching and building scale models.

Gwen Bonnichsen

Gwen Bonnichsen

Interior Designer

Gwen Bonnichsen is a creative, detail-oriented, interior designer that believes each design tells a unique story and should be a direct reflection of the client, their goals and aspirations. After graduating from Kansas State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design she worked for a firm doing construction documents, but it was her passion for healthcare design that brought her to Huelat Davis. She has always loved the idea of being able to help people and feels that this can be achieved by designing spaces that have a direct impact on patient recovery, efficiency for clinicians and a positive experience for the patient’s family.

Prior to getting an interior design degree Gwen received a degree in Advertising from the University of Idaho in 1994. She has spent over 25 years moving around the world due to military relocations. It is all these moves and traveling that contributes to Gwen’s passion for designing spaces that are not only functional but also inspiring. When she is not busy designing Gwen enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, reading, traveling and learning new skills.

Stephanie Massmann

Stephanie Massmann

Interior Designer

Stephanie comes to Huelat Davis with a residential design background from Aspen, CO after earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design at Iowa State University. She has always had the desire to help and serve people; whether it be through design, cooking, baking, her local church, or philanthropic events. Learning the different styles of design, completing turn-key installation, and interior coordination from residences has helped shape the best design for the client, end-user, and patient in healthcare. Stephanie’s time spent camping, backpacking, hiking, and biking in the mountains inspire her designs and desire to learn more about clean, sustainable design for the best health possible.

Cassandra Yarborough

Cassandra Yarborough

Administrative Assistant

I’ve been in the healthcare field for about 12 years working at Howard University Hospital as a secretary & registrar. I’ve always enjoyed helping people especially seniors, infants and young adults. I sing (gospel music) mainly, I enjoy cooking and bowling, I’m very active in my church I serve on the trustee dept, director of the nurses’ ministry and I serve on the music dept. I love traveling and meeting new people and learning new things and different cultures. I love spending time with family and close friends.