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 City 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 taught materials, lighting design, construction fundamentals, office studio, contract studio and senior capstone studio at Sage College of Albany. He currently teaches at Northern Arizona University. Roger takes great joy and satisfaction from the privilege of preparing the next generation of designers.