Duluth, MN – The American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) has announced that Rebecca J. Lewis attained Fellowship status. Fellowship is the highest honor bestowed on a certificate holder by the ACHA. Fellowship is granted to ACHA Board certified architects specializing in healthcare who have shown distinction in fulfilling an area of expertise as determined by the College’s Council of Fellows. The Council of Fellows was founded to advance the profession of healthcare architecture.
Lewis joins the ranks of distinguished fellows, and is one of the over 400 colleagues in the United States and Canada who are certified healthcare architects. ACHA requires its certificate holders to work towards the improvement of healthcare architecture on behalf of the public, to practice in an ethical manner to maintain the highest standards in the specialized field of healthcare architecture.
As a founding member of ACHA, Lewis has served with distinction on numerous committees in the ACHA including the Board of Regents in 2003. She was elevated to President in 2008. With her knowledge and passion for reasonable codes and standards she is the official and respected voice for the AIA/AAH in the 2006, 2010, and 2014 Guidelines. Her approach to the development of guidelines emphasized evidence based requirements that encourage creative design while maintaining flexibility and cost effective options for the healthcare architect. Lewis continues to serve the Facility Guidelines Institute and the Healthcare Guidelines Revision Committee as a highly experienced healthcare architect and recognized thought leader in clinic, small hospitals and ambulatory care design.
As partner of DSGW Architects, Lewis leads the design and planning of community based healthcare projects of all sizes and scope including: St. Luke’s Lester River Clinic in Duluth, Minnesota, Cook Hospital Emergency Expansion in Cook, Minnesota and tribal health clinics such as Peter Christensen Health Center in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin. Her design work reflects the concerns of facility managers, administrators, practitioners, and above all, the experience of patients and their families.