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made it her mission to shift the
paradigm around mental illness and bring
a sense of dignity to clinicians, staff, and
patients through her work. She joined CannonDesign in 2014 and quickly began focusing specifically on the programming, planning, and design of behavioral healthcare
facilities. She's been instrumental in bringing new ideas to the table for a variety of clients, such as University of Kansas Health System, Princeton Health, and Osawatomie State Hospital. Within four years of joining the firm, she
was promoted to associate vice president and is already considered a thought leader in her field. She's contributed to research
and white papers on behavioral health architecture, including
one in progress on successful design strategies for children and
adolescent behavioral health environments, and is a member of
CannonDesign's behavioral health subject matter expert group.
She's currently participating in CannonDesign's Healthcare Fellowship mentoring and development program and started the
firm's "My Why Campaign" this year to promote engagement
and connectivity across the firm.
AIA, associate vice president, architecture | CannonDesign,
Grand Island, N.Y.
H E A L T H C A R E D E S I G N : W H AT AT T R A C T E D Y O U T O
B E H AV I O R A L H E A L T H C A R E D E S I G N ?
Vito: I didn't arrive at CannonDesign with the intention of focusing on behavioral healthcare. However, after being asked to
work on a large replacement behavioral hospital, I quickly found
the complexities and nuances required for this field to be both
interesting and challenging. I thrive working on this complex
and sensitive building typology, because I genuinely find the potential for improvement in the approaches to and treatment of
mental illness so rewarding. I'm passionate about creating stateof-the-art facilities to improve outcomes, reduce the stigma
around mental health environments, and bring a sense of dignity
to clinicians, staff, and patients.
The University of Kansas Health System Behavioral Health
Hospital, Kansas City, Kan.
that changed, including the scope of the project
and the site location. The ability to stay flexible,
continue to seek appropriate solutions, and apply best practices despite project changes had a
big impact on its success.
W H AT D O Y O U T H I N K I S T H E
N U M B E R O N E I S S U E FA C I N G
H E A L T H C A R E T O D AY ?
Access to a full continuum of mental health
care for people of all ages.
S H A R E A N I D E A Y O U H AV E F O R
A D D R E S S I N G T H AT P R O B L E M .
I have a vision for behavioral healthcare that
operates more like a community wellness hub
to treat health holistically-mentally, physically, and socially. I envision behavioral healthcare facilities as spaces with a full continuum of
care for the whole self. People of all ages from
the community are welcome and can receive
all types and levels of care, from counseling to
exercise, to promote human connections and
socialization as part of treatment.
W H A T ' S Y O U R F AV O R I T E D E S I G N
T E C H N O L O G Y T O U S E AT W O R K ?
Adobe Illustrator. I love making diagrams to
explain ideas visually to clients.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN
DESCRIBE A RECENT PROJECT AND A LESSON
COURTESY OF CANNONDESIGN
YOU LEARNED THROUGH YOUR WORK.
The University of Kansas Health System (TUKHS), where I led
the programming, planning, and spatial design for a new behavioral health hospital. Often, behavioral health hospitals are
hidden from communities and located in remote locations, but
TUKHS was determined to be in an area where it could best serve
its clients, which meant renovating an existing building in downtown Kansas City, Kan. I learned the importance of staying flexible while working on this project, despite several major elements
I honestly try not to make plans, as the best
things along my career path have happened
organically. I can say that I hope I'm still doing work that truly helps others and ultimately
contributes to the greater good of society.
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