Jenny Roe is the inaugural Mary Irene DeShong Professor of Design and Health and the Director of the Center of Design and Health at the Architecture School, University of Virginia. She recently took up this post to bridge design and health by building new trans-disciplinary research collaborations and developing new curricula for the School that aims to spark a new generation of public health and design practitioners.

She is the former Senior Research Leader in Human Wellbeing and Behaviour Change for the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) – the world’s 2nd most influential environmental think tank engine – where she retains an affiliation to build research on health resilience and sustainable development.

Jenny is an Environmental Psychologist exploring the interactions between people and their environment, from micro settings (i.e. a room or individual building level or even submarines) through to neighbourhoods and macro settings i.e. cities, whole cultures and geographies.

She is a specialist researcher in restorative environments and places that actively improve our health, high quality urban parks, for instance, natural water settings, and well designed buildings with good daylight.

She has built a reputation for pioneering innovative methods in hard to reach 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.

She is passionate about improving the design of healthcare settings for all ages, from children and teenagers through to older people in care homes, a strong driver of her research on Maggies Cancer Centres and design for healthy aging.

Dr Roe is affiliated with VisionCentre3, a ophthalmology research centre in Edinburgh, researching health and wellbeing in the aging sector and vision-related problems.

Prior to an academic career in health, she was Principal Landscape Architect in a multi-disciplinary architectural practice in London called Sprunt specialising in social housing, educational and healthcare design http://www.sprunt.net


Center for Design and Health
University of Virginia
School of Architecture
Campbell Hall
P.O. Box 400122
Charlottesville VA 22904

Phone: (434) 982-4567