Barbara has written two books on Healthcare Environments

Healing environments are continually being redefined to include such qualities as safety, security, accessibility, sustainability, and evidence-based design. Additionally, key components in affecting health outcomes are place, change, people, comfort, senses, knowledge, empowerment, biophilia, spirit, and experience. In today’s world, we are challenged to look differently at humanity’s natural ability to heal; by designing for the whole patient—body, mind, and spirit—and integrating proven supporting evidence, we can create exceptional places.

Barbara Huelat explores these concepts in her two books, Healing Environments: Designing for the Body, Mind and Spirit, and Healing Environments: What’s the Proof?

The Authors

Barbara J. Huelat, AAHID, ASID, IIDA

Barbara_HeadshotBarbara J. Huelat, AAHID, FASID, IIDA is internationally acclaimed for her groundbreaking award-winning work and personal creative sensitivity for the design of healthcare environments. As a practicing Interior Designer, she has personally served over 200 healthcare organizations with visionary solutions for patient/family/staff-friendly spaces. Her spectrum of clients includes the Mayo Clinics, the National Cancer Institute of Japan, the National Institutes of Health, ER One: a “Pebble” research project at the Washington Hospital Center and currently, the Potomac Hospital in suburban Virginia. Her talents for creating healing spaces have long been recognized by the American Society of Interior Designers, The American Hospital Association and the American Institute of Architects. Barbara is a founding board member of the Center for Healthcare Design, and is National President of the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers, a credentialing organization established to create professional performance standards for this unique design specialty.

Thomas T. H. Wan, Ph.D.

Headshot_WanThomas T.H. Wan, Ph.D.,is Associate Dean for Research, Director of the Public Affairs Doctoral Program, and Professor of Public Affairs, Health Services Administration, and Nursing at the College of Health and Public Affairs, University of Central Florida (UCF). Before joining UCF, he was Professor of the Department of health Administration, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia. He held the Arthur Graham Glasgow Chair (1991-1999) at the University. Professor Wan received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Tunghai University, Taiwan; a Master of Arts and a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Georgia, and a Master of health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, where he was also a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow. His over 25 years in academia encompass faculty positions at Cornell University; the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and the Virginia Commonwealth University.