Jenny Roe PhD is the inaugural Mary Irene DeShong Professor of Design & Health and Director of the Center for Design & Health in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. An environmental psychologist and former head of Landscape Architecture for an international architectural practice, she explores the intersection of health and wellbeing with architecture and urban design.  She writes, lectures, and consults for a wide range of academic and public audiences on built environment.

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Restorative Cities

Drawing on many years of research in restorative environments, Jenny formulated the concept of ‘restorative urbanism’ which explores how our cities can be better designed to promote mental health and wellbeing.  Her book on this theme, co-authored with psychiatrist and public health specialist Layla McCay, brings together the disparate and cross-disciplinary research and practice needed to empower government decision-makers, urban planners and designers, community associations, design educators and around the world to improve population mental health via urban infrastructure.

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2022 EDRA 53 Great Places Awards Honorable Mention Place Book