In 1984 Roger Ulrich’s landmark hospital study showed how patients with bedside windows looking out on leafy trees healed - on average – more quickly, and needed significantly less pain medication, than patients who viewed a brick wall. This groundbreaking study – alongside the publication of Kaplan and Kaplan’s The Experience of Nature (1989) - triggered a new research field in restorative environments. This lecture presents Jenny Roe’s contribution to this body of research over the last decade, including groundbreaking work using physiological indicators of stress and emotional wellbeing. She will present her research across three themes - color, lighting, and nature - exploring the connections between mental health and place. She will report the latest findings from a mobile neural imaging study in older people exploring mood of place, and will discuss trends for the future of restorative environment research.
Jenny Roe is the inaugural Mary Irene DeShong Professor of Design + Health at the UVA School of Architecture. The professorship, established in 2012 through an anonymous two million dollar gift, is intended to integrate design excellence with rigorous scientific research to promote and create effective, just and economically feasible environments for human health at a variety of scales. Roe will provide intellectual leadership for the Center for Design + Health, building partnerships across disciplines with leading practitioners, government policy-makers, and fellow academics at the highest levels. In collaboration with the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, she will establish a new curriculum in design and health at the University of Virginia.