Dumb design 101: It's a clinic not a castle

October 20, 2016
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!

Huge does not equal practical

Cavernous exam rooms might look nice on paper, but may not make sense in terms of efficiency. In this video Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Conference educator Heather Lewis, AIA, NCARB, sends up what she calls "the pathological tendency of veterinarians" to build big.