Reuben Rainey



Reuben Rainey

Reuben Rainey has taught in the School of Architecture for 34 years and is a former chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture.  His present courses focus on the design of various types of healthcare facilities. As Co-Director of the School of Architecture's Center for Design and Health he is also 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 study of Hinduism and Buddhism introduced him to various traditions of meditation that have influenced his current work. He is especially interested in the use of meditation in medical facilities and the design of the spaces that accommodate it. A documentary filmmaker as well, he co-produced the PBS series GardenStory, depicting the way gardens improve the lives of individuals and their communities. He has recently completed a study of the design features of an innovative cancer hospital at the University of Florida, Gainesville.