Stephanie Vito receives 2023 American Institute of Architects Young Architect Award

Stephanie Vito

March 6, 2023

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This award, given annually, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers. Stephanie was recognized for her focus and contributions to mental health design early in her career, as well as her consistent mentoring and teaching of design students.


  • Fully committed to a typology that was once considered niche and infrequently celebrated by the profession, Stephanie has helped society embrace the idea that mental health should be prominent in our lives.

    An excerpt from Stephanie's submission

Stephanie's work on The University of Kansas Health Strawberry Hill Behavioral Health Campus was called out for bringing access to care to the urban and downtown Kansas City, Kansas area. The committee also noted her role in starting the Save the 8s initiative, which delivers better mental health care resources to children between the ages of 8 and 13 outside of traditional settings, as well as her work on a product idea through our Amp internal incubator: a system for healthcare facilities that reduces patients’ self-harm opportunities. 

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The University of Kansas Strawberry Hill Behavioral Health Hospital, which has a sweeping atrium full of greenery that is visible from all patient and staff social and group spaces.

Stephanie continues to work on important mental health projects across the firm, infusing her ideas and experience into health, education and community spaces across the country. 

The most recent recipient of this award within CannonDesign was Allison Mendez in 2019.