Designing Fear Free: Get your ideas out there

April 11, 2017
Heather E. Lewis, AIA, NCARB
Heather E. Lewis, AIA, NCARB

Heather Lewis, AIA, NCARB, is a partner at Animal Arts, an architecture firm in Boulder, Colorado and frequent HospitalDesign360 conference speaker. She's a lighting geek and a (seriously) devoted advocate of minimizing pets' stress and anxiety during their veterinary visits. She has designed practices and shelters that range in size from 1,200 square feet to 110,000 square feet. During grad school (as a break from architorture) she trained miniature horses to pull carts!

If the plan is too crazy or expensive, your architect will rein you in!

Considering patient comfort on the same level as functional efficiency when designing a veterinary clinic is becoming a standard approach. This makes perfect sense, unless the concepts become cost prohibitive. Veterinary architect and Hospital Design faculty member Heather Lewis, AIA, NCARB, says you should entertain all design ideas that foster Fear Free medicine-as long as they don't increase the price tag of size of the project. She points out that the concept is for every clinic: "Fear Free is not a premium idea-we can incorporate it into any hospital setting." Click the video for more.