AB, Duke University; MDiv, Union Theological Seminary; MLA, University
of Virginia; PhD, Columbia University.
Background: Reuben Rainey has taught
in the School of Architecture for 23 years and served as Chair of the
Department of Landscape Architecture for 5 years. His courses focus on
the history of landscape architecture and the design of "healing"
environments for a wide range of health care facilities. He has also taught
in the Vicenza, Italy summer program for 11 years. His academic background
includes work on comparative religion and psychology of religion, which
he taught at Columbia University and Middlebury College before entering
the field of landscape architecture in mid-career.
His research and publications cover a broad range of topics, including
19th and 20th century park design, historic preservation, Italian Renaissance
villas, and the work of major 20th century landscape architects. His articles
have been translated into French, German, Swedish, Japanese, and Italian.
He makes documentary videos on a wide range of subjects, including Italian
Renaissance villas and healing gardens. He also supervised the creation
of an electonic slide archive of major works in the history of landscape
architecture, which is used extensively in his courses and in other classes
He has received various teaching awards, including Teacher of the Year
in the School of Architecture, an all-University teaching award, a University
of Virginia Harrison Award for teaching innovation, and the Distinguished
Educator Award of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.