Roger Vitello

Roger Vitello grew up overseas as a child, attending grade school in Europe and high school in Australia. This experience engendered a great love for the endless variety of cultures and environments to be found abroad. He discovered interior design as his vocation and as an undergraduate studied at Pratt Institute where he received his B.F.A. with highest honors. This led to design work at interior design and architecture firms in New York City culminating in a decade at Gensler. Roger's interest in design and project management led to several years implementing design projects in the New York area and overseas and starting his own consulting firm. A change in circumstances opened the door to return to school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) for his M.S. Architecture, with a focus on design education and healthcare design. He began teaching at UNL and currently teaches materials, lighting design, and senior capstone studio at Sage. Roger takes great joy and satisfaction from the privilege of preparing the next generation of designers.

Roger seeks to bring his experience as a practitioner into the classroom. Students are encouraged to explore beyond the basics, enabling them to think creatively, originally and critically in the application of knowledge and skills. His research is focused on bringing academic and practice areas together, healthcare design and distance learning.
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