August 26, 2019|News

Healthcare Interior Designer Q&A | John DuBard

This post is in a series where we talk to healthcare interior designers about their work as interior designers in the healthcare market.
John DuBard is a Senior Interior Designer at Boulder Associates Architects and is certified by the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID).

What is one book, person, or talk that has been most influential in your career?

One person/talk is Stanley Tigerman (1930-2019), who encouraged me as a young design student to make life's work fun and exciting.

What products have you been excited about recently?

Care-based technologies – be they interactive, immersive, or robotic to offer therapeutic and healing benefits. Check these out:

Do you have any go-to design solutions or techniques for creating healing environments?

Empathy. You've got to put yourself in others' shoes to know their needs.

If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?

Chill – there is really no good reason to rush.

What is one product that doesn't exist but should?

Interactive, immersive and/or robotic over-bed tables.

We've also talked to Michelle Clark (REES Associates)Jennifer Fink (BDA Architects)Lindsay Hampton (Pulse Design Group)Melinda Avila-Torio (THW Design)Lilliana Alvarado (UPHEALING), Ashleigh Pfluger (TJNG Partners Inc.)Jane Rohde (JSR Associates)Lisa Cini (Mosaic Design Studio), Susan Clark (Clark Patterson Lee)Crystal Hill (Odell Associates)Dr. Debra Harris (RAD Consultants)Libby Laguta (, and Kristin Ellingsen (KE Design & Office Furniture Group).