Assistant Professor - Human Factors, Dept. of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership
U.S. Air Force Academy
Kati Peditto, PhD, EDAC is an environmental psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the U.S. Air Force Academy. She received her PhD in Human Behavior and Design from Cornell University and completed postdoctoral training under Dr. Mardelle Shepley. Her research focuses on providing equitable health environments for adolescents and young adults, ranging from pediatric cancer facilities to college health centers. She is the recipient of the 2018 New Investigator Award from The Center for Health Design, and a 2018 AIA-AAH Tuttle Fellow in Health Facility Planning and Design.
In his role, Brian focuses on healthcare, education and sustainable design. He is driven by a passion for creating the best spaces and environments to support the relationship between health, wellness and education. He has previously explored the intersection between K-12 education and health through his work on the Valleyview Treatment Centre and through volunteer work with Design 4 Others on the Flying Kites New School in Kenya. Brian is currently working with the Minneapolis studio to design a new home for Spero Academy, a beacon of hope for students who require special education in Minneapolis.
A leader within the Minneapolis architecture studio, Brian is committed to creating opportunities for professional growth both inside and outside the office. Within HDR, Brian is helping to coordinate an inaugural, global mentorship program for the architecture practice. Within the local architecture community, he is actively involved with American Institute of Architects Minnesota’s Committee on the Environment and the Architecture in the Schools committee.
The challenges created by today’s growing mental health and substance abuse crises, especially in light of the recent pandemic, reach far beyond the behavioral health unit into emergency departments, outpatient clinics and throughout acute and ambulatory care settings.
The primary goal of this project was to apply the evidence-based design process to inform the design of the new school building. The transdisciplinary team evaluated current research pertaining to the student population, conducted focus groups with staff, and planned a formal study to test hypothesized outcomes in the new space compared to the old space.
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