Barbara Huelat


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 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 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.