William Stone Weedon Professor EmeritusPhone: (434) 924-3788
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.