Advancing Health and Wellness Through Human-Centric Design

Thomas Teti, AIA believes in the potential healing power of the built environment.

As the Principal Architect in CPL Pittsburgh, he’s responsible for leading the charge in functional and space programming, conceptual design, construction documents, and construction administration for a variety of high-stakes projects for our Healthcare Practice.

Passionate about improving quality of care for the ill and injured, he strives to deliver design solutions that result in more therapeutic and dynamic spaces. Over the last four decades, he’s helped breathe new life into a multitude of long-term care, behavioral health, medical and radiation oncology treatment facilities, frequently coordinating with the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDH) to integrate and promote emerging medical technologies.

“There’s no downtime in healthcare, so we optimize functionality with better equipment and layouts,” explained Teti. “The decisions we make ultimately help people live longer, fuller lives.”

A recent example of his expertise at work is UPMC Passavant’s Hillman Cancer Center in Cranberry Township, PA. The 8,225 sq. ft. facility was strategically envisioned to help doctors tend to a higher volume of people, with spacious examination and infusion rooms and a panoramic nurse’s station that provides staff with unobstructed views of patient activities.

One of the infusion rooms at the Hillman Cancer Center.

Thomas Teti led, along with a team of talented professionals in the Pittsburgh office, design team efforts with patients’ comfort top of mind, executing programs to facilitate quality treatment without sacrificing their physical and emotional wellness.

“Even the lighting fixtures and color schemes were chosen to alleviate anxiety and instill peace,” he added.

When he isn’t consulting with clients or coaching junior team members, Teti can be found spending time with family or competing as a goalie at the Ice Castle Arena hockey rink. He’s also a member of his church’s mission committee, a role which allows him to support charitable and humanitarian efforts across the globe.

His favorite thing about working at CPL?

“The personal impact and overall sense of fulfillment,” Teti said. “The projects we tackle often have profoundly positive, lasting impressions, helping others provide compassionate care for the people who need it most. There is no greater feeling than to know our work serves a higher purpose.”

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