Vitus is President of SVPA Architects. He has extensive experience leading projects through all phases of design and construction and is committed to a client-focused teamwork approach that has been very successful in delivering projects on time and under budget. Vitus has over 20 years of experience and has been with SVPA for 19 years. In 2001, he became a stockholder in the company, was promoted to Vice President in 2004 and became President in 2015.

Representing the next generation of SVPA leadership, Vitus' sharp eye for detail benefits all aspects of his work– helping guide the firm's day-to-day business operations, creating strategic and marketing plans, and working one-on-one with clients. In addition, Vitus is experienced in bringing the benefits of sustainable design to his clients. In his work with school districts and corporate clients, he places an emphasis on energy efficient building systems that have low environmental impact and good life cycle value.

Jordan Creek Elementary School, West Des Moines Community Schools

Jordan Creek Elementary School, West Des Moines Community Schools

Academic Credentials & Certifications...

  • Master of Architecture,  University of Colorado, 1995
  • Bachelor of Environmental Design,  University of Colorado, 1992
  • Licensed Architect in Iowa

Professional Highlights & Affiliations...

  • President and Architect, SVPA Architects Inc.
  • Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
  • Committee Member, AIA Iowa Public Relations Committee
  • Architecture in the Schools Committee, Iowa Architectural Foundation
  • Des Moines Business Record "Forty Under 40" Class of 2005

Community Activities...

  • Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, Transformational Leadership Program
  • Member, Rotary Club of Des Moines
  • Mentor / Sponsor, I Have a Dream Foundation
  • Facility Planning Team, West Des Moines Community Schools
  • Member, Iowa Park & Recreation Association
  • PADI Certified Scuba Diver

Current and Recent Project Work...

  • B.E. Smith Children's Center, Shawnee Mission, KS
  • Ankeny Community School District, Athletic Complex
  • Bondurant-Farrar Community School District, High School Addition
  • STEM@Drake University, Des Moines, IA
  • Indianola Wellness Center YMCA
  • Iowa City Community School District, Liberty High School
  • Knoxville Community School District, High School Auditorium
  • Panorama High School Athletic Complex, Panora, IA
  • Pella Corporation, Pella, IA
  • Washington Community School District, High School & Auditorium
  • West Des Moines Community Schools, Jordan Creek Elementary
  • Winterset Community School District
  • YMCA of Washington County