Professor Emeritus, Landscape Architecture

Education: Columbia University, PhD; University of Virginia, Master of Landscape Architecture; Union Theological Seminary, MDiv; Duke University, B.A.

Reuben M. Rainey’s research and publications focus on the history of landscape architecture, cultural landscape studies, and the design of patient-centered healthcare facilities, including healing gardens and acute care hospitals.

Before entering the field of landscape architecture in 1975, he taught comparative religion at Columbia University and Middlebury College.

Before retirement in 2006, he taught design studios as well as lecture courses and seminars in the history of landscape architecture in the United Kingdom, Europe, India, China, Japan, the Near East, South America, and the United States. He also offered courses in the history of the American cultural landscape and the design of patient-centered medical facilities. Since retirement in 2006, he has continued to teach a seminar on the design of patient-centered medical facilities.

Reubn Rainey is currently co-director of the Architecture School’s Center for Design and Health, which he founded along with Tim Beatley of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and David Kamp, an alumnus of the School of Architecture’s program in Landscape Architecture. As a co-director of the CDH he works closely with the School of Medicine and the Department of Psychology on various research projects involving environmental psychology and design of healthcare facilities. His up-coming book, Healthy Places, Healing Spaces, co-edited with Tim Beatley and alumna Carla Jones, is a collection of articles on healthcare planning and design. It will be published in the spring of 2018 by the University of Virginia Press.


Architecture as Medicine: The UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital, A Case Study. An A-School Monograph: University of Virginia, 2012. Co-authored with Alana M. Schrader.

Modern Public Gardens: Robert Royston and the Suburban Park. William Stout, 2006. Co-authored with JC Miller.

Half My World: The Garden of Anne Spencer, A History and Guide. Warwick House, 2003. Co-authored with Rebecca T. Frischkorn.

Edited Books:

Dan Kiley Landscapes: The Poetry of Space, edited by Reuben Rainey and Mark Treib. William Stout, 2009.


“The Choreography of Memory: Lawrence Halprin’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial,” Landscape Journal, Vol. 31, Nos. 1-2, 2012, 161-182.

“William Le Baron Jenney and Chicago’s West Parks: From Prairie to Pleasure Grounds,” in Midwestern Landscape Architecture, edited by William H. Tishler, University of Illinois Press, 2000, pp. 57-79.

“Hallowed Grounds and Rituals of Remembrance: Union Regimental Monuments at Gettysburg,” Understanding Ordinary Landscapes, edited by Paul Groth and Todd W. Bressi, Yale Univ. Press, 1997, pp. 67-80.

“Physicality and Narrative: The Urban Parks of George Hargreaves Associates,” Process Architecture, No. 128, pp. 29-45, 1996

“‘Organic Form in the Humanized Landscape’: Garrett Eckbo’s Landscape for Living,” in Modern Landscape Architecture: A Critical Review, edited by Marc Treib, The MIT Press, 1993, pp. 180-205.

“The Landscape Art of A.E. Bye,” Princeton Journal (Spring 1985), pp. 114-123.

“The Garden as Myth: The Villa Lante at Bagnaia,” Union Seminary Quarterly Review. Vol. XXXVII, Nos. 1 and 2 (Fall/Winter 1981-82), pp. 91-114.

Elected Council of Fellows, American Society of Landscape Architects.

Career of Distinction Award, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, 1999

Harrison Award for Innovation in Education (with three colleagues), University of Virginia, 1999

All-University Teaching Award, 1998

Teacher of the Year, School of Architecture, 1997

Publication Awards:

A.S.L.A. National Honor Award for Half My World, The Garden of Anne Spencer, A History and Guide, 2004 

A.S.L.A. Northern California Chapter Merit Award for Modern Public Gardens, The Suburban Parks of Robert Royston, 2007