Dr. Jenny Roe is the inaugural Mary Irene De Shong 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 Principal of Landscape Architecture for an international architectural practice, Sprunt, she writes, lectures, and consults for a wide range of academic and public audiences on human-centered design for the built environment. Roe has won numerous awards and research grants exploring a rich variety of architectural and landscape contexts and their psychological impact on people. She works and resides between Charlottesville, US and Edinburgh, UK.


Her key research contributions are in:

  • Advancing human centered design approaches for health and wellbeing.
  • Restorative environments that sustain and support mental health and wellbeing.
  • Design for healthy aging and healthy child & adolescent development.
  • The experience of nature and its out comes on health and wellbeing. 
  • Neuro-urbanism and neuro-architecture and the effects of different settings on neurophysiological activity.
  • New methodologies and tools to harness robust scientific evidence demonstrating measurable effects of human centered design.