The Hidden Design Behind Observational Care

Registration and lobby at North Shore Health in Grand Marais, MN

By Rebecca J. Lewis, FAIA, FACHA, CID Principal, Director of Healthcare Design We’ve all done the small-talk shuffle. That walk from waiting area to exam room at our local clinic where we chat with the nurse about the weather, the…

5 Ways Virtual Reality is Transforming Rural Healthcare Design

Simulation showing the new waiting and registration area for the University of Minnesota Duluth Family Medicine Clinic.

By Ryan Turner, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP Principal, Healthcare One of the most important steps in architectural design is communicating the space to the client in a way that they not only understand but also experience. Until very recently,…

The Promise of the ‘Patient Centered Medical Home Model’ for Tribal Healthcare

Lac Vieux Desert Health Center

By Rebecca Lewis, FAIA, FACHA, CID Director of Healthcare Design, Principal of DSGW Architects As architects, we design physical spaces. But as healthcare planners, we also design for human relationships. In clinics and hospitals, the “Patient-Centered Medical Home Model” is…