Meet The Team

Jenny Roe PhD

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Director of the Center for Design and Health
University of Virginia
School of Architecture
P: (434) 982-4567
E: jjr4b@virginia.edu
W: arch.virginia.edu/people/directory/jenny-roe

Jenny Roe is the inaugural Mary Irene DeShong Professor of Design and Health and the Director of the Center of Design and Health with a multi-disciplinary background in the humanities, design and environmental psychology. She is the former Senior Research Leader in Human Wellbeing and Behaviour Change for the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) where she worked with environmental scientists and health professionals to explore how best to build sustainable, resilient and healthy cities.

Jenny is Landscape Architect and Environmental Psychologist who explores the interactions between people and their environment. She is a specialist researcher in restorative environments and places that actively improve our health, high quality urban parks, for instance, water settings, and well designed buildings with good daylight. She has built a reputation for pioneering innovative methods in disadvantaged communities in order to quantify the health benefits of good neighbourhood design and green space, using physiological indicators such as cortisol – the stress hormone – and mobile Electroencephalography (EEG) to explore emotional activity on the move.

Prior to her current career in academia, she was Principal Landscape Architect in a multi-disciplinary architectural practice in London called Sprunt specialising in social housing, educational and healthcare design. Access to all her publications, blog postings and films can be found at jennyjroe.com

Reuben Rainey

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William Stone Weedon Professor Emeritus
University of Virginia
School of Architecture
P: (434) 924-3788
E: rmr@Virginia.EDU
W:  arch.virginia.edu/people/directory/reuben-m-rainey

Reuben M. Rainey, Ph.D., is William Stone Weedon Professor Emeritus in the School of Architecture, where he has taught for 37 years. His present courses focus on the design of various types of healthcare facilities. A former Co-Director of the School of Architecture’s Center for Design and Health, he has engaged in a number of research projects centering on the design of patient-centered medical facilities and healthy neighborhoods and cities. A former professor of religious studies at Columbia University and Middlebury College, he entered the field of landscape architecture in mid-career. His publications cover a wide range of topics, including 19th and 20th century urban parks and the work of 20th-century American landscape architects. His co-authored book on the garden of the Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer received an honor award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. A documentary filmmaker as well, he co-produced the PBS series GardenStory, depicting the way gardens improve the lives of individuals and their communities. A recipient of five teaching awards, he is also a member of the Council of Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He has recently co-authored Architecture as Medicine, a critique of the design features of an innovative cancer hospital at the University of Florida, Gainesville. His current research focuses on the use of art in healthcare facilities to reduce stress and the design of spaces for worship and meditation in acute care hospitals.

Tim Beatley

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Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities
Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning
University of Virginia
School of Architecture
P: (434) 924-6457
E: tb6d@virginia.edu
W: people.virginia.edu/~tb6d/  and biophiliccities.org

Timothy Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, and Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for the last twenty-eight years.

Beatley is the author or co-author of more than fifteen books, including Green Urbanism: Learning from European Cities (recently translated into Chinese and Korean), Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home and Community in a Global Age, Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature Into Urban Design and Planning, and most-recently Blue Urbanism: Connecting Oceans and Cities. Beatley’s book Ethical Land Use was declared, by the American Planning Association, to be one of the “100 Essential Books in Planning.” Beatley also writes a column for Planning Magazine called Ever Green, which has appeared every other month since 2008, and is a regularly contributor to the Nature of Cities collective blog .

Beatley founded and directs the Biophilic Cities Project at UVA, and recently helped to launch a global Biophilic Cities Network. He also co-founder and co-director, with Reuben Rainey, of UVA’s Center for Design and Health, within the School of Architecture. He has been the recipient of the All-University Teaching Award at UVA, and also received the Outstanding Faculty Award, the state’s highest award for faculty at its public universities (awarded by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia).

Beatley holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA in Political Science from UNC, a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Oregon, and a Bachelors of City Planning from UVA.

Michaela Accardi

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Program Coordinator/Research Assistant
Center for Design and Health
University of Virginia
School of Architecture
P: (434) 982-4567
E: maa5pf@Virginia.EDU

Michaela Accardi is a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning Candidate, concentrating in “Healthy Communities” at the University of Virginia. Michaela is passionate about creating healthy and equitable communities through sustainable urban-growth, the integration of the built environment and nature, increasing healthy and local food access, and the use of community-driven design. Following graduation, she hopes to pursue work in the human-centered design of public spaces that promote physical, psychological, and social health for urban residents and their environment.

Accardi holds Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Sciences and in Environmental Thought & Practice from the University of Virginia. She has worked for several localities to assist with parks planning projects, community engagement, Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping, and energy conservation/management.