Meet our 2021-2022 Tradewell Fellows

featuring Calise Gritters, Dani Kolker

September 08, 2021

In its 23rd year, the Tradewell Fellowship program offers a fast-track for Fellows to collaborate with healthcare clients and our firm’s thought leaders. The program aims to help develop and position tomorrow's medical planners and designers for rapid career advancement to design, build, and heal.

In addition to being mentored by multiple firm leaders—including EYP architects, senior medical planners, and designers—Tradewell Fellows are included in healthcare projects from the initial planning stages, have direct contact with healthcare clients, and attend a national conference of their choice. They also complete a Tradewell project during their fellowship — essentially a deep dive into a specific research topic.

Continue reading to meet our two new Tradewell Fellows for the 2021-2022 term, Dani Kolker and Calisse Gritters. 

dani%20pic.pngDani Kolker, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C

Dani is working through our Dallas office and has been contributing to the Central State Hospital project. She holds a Master of Architecture and a Certificate in Health and Wellness Design, both from the University of Kansas.

Experience Dani Brings to the Tradewell Table

I have completed research on pediatric behavioral health design, focusing my senior thesis on how the COVID-19 pandemic will influence the design of future pediatric inpatient behavioral health facilities. In addition, my graduate project was an 18-story Continuous Care Retirement Community located in Hyde Park, IL.

Areas of Interest for Tradewell Project

I am interested in research within the field of mental and behavioral health design. It fascinates me how the design of any physical space can influence the psyche of people inhabiting/visiting that space, shaping their decisions, attitude, behavior and health. I am intrigued by the data and the research behind design decisions and how we can use research to make more informed decisions to create better health outcomes. Other areas of interest include pediatrics, cancer care and design for aging.

What the Tradewell Fellowship Means to Dani

My passion for healthcare design has grown out of a desire to work on various complex, multifaceted projects and the opportunities they provide to create positive outcomes for all occupants. Each project comes with its own inherent set of challenges, offering unlimited learning and growth potential. When considering that the result of each project is a space that has been designed to contribute to improved health and wellbeing, it is very easy to stay passionate about what I do. The Tradewell Fellowship is an incredible opportunity to combine my passion for evidence-based design and research to elevate my potential to make a meaningful impact through design.

calisse%20pic.pngCalise Gritters, LEED Green Associate

Calise is connected to our Denver office and contributes to several projects: a hospital masterplan in Bozeman, Montana; the African Children’s Hospital masterplan in Accra, Ghana; and quick studies for UC Health expansions. She holds a Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design, both from Iowa State University.

Experience Calise Brings to the Tradewell Table

During my graduate studies at Iowa State University, I worked on a maternal health clinic design and site masterplan in Sylvain, Haiti, and a primary health clinic design in Mofikope, Ghana. These two projects cemented my interest in healthcare design, as I was able to work closely with healthcare workers designing spaces for them to serve their communities.

Areas of Interest for Tradewell Project

Nothing is finalized yet, but I am interested in pursuing a topic at the intersection of emergency department design, design for aging adults, and patient experience. Another area of interest would be the healthcare worker experience and designing for nursing retention/workplace satisfaction, as we’ve seen a large trend in healthcare worker burn-out through the COVID-19 Pandemic.

What the Tradewell Fellowship Means to Calise

When I learned about the Tradewell Fellowship at EYP, I immediately knew I wanted to be a part of it. I am proud to join a diverse group of design professionals who stand behind the philosophy that an investment in health design and research is an investment in the wellbeing of our communities.

Although Dani and Calise are the only active Tradewell Fellows, they work alongside nine peers who have served as Tradewell Fellows in previous years, including Jack Reed and Liyang Zhang, who have transitioned into full-time design and medical planning positions after completing the Tradewell Fellowship last year. 

Calise Gritters

Tradewell Fellow

Dani Kolker

Tradewell Fellow