Harriett Jameson


Harriett Jameson is the Program Director of the Community Design Research Center at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. She recently graduated from the UVA School of Architecture with a dual masters degrees in Landscape Architecture & Urban and Environmental Planning.

Harriett grew up on a farm in Southwest Tennessee where her family instilled in her a love for dirt and plants; the values of active community and civic engagement; and the importance of a strong sense of place.

Following graduation from the University of Virginia, she worked for the U.S. Green Building Council from 2008-2010, where she became interested in the design of sustainable cities for the creation of healthy and socially just communities. 

In graduate school, she furthered this interest in her three years of research with the Biophilic Cities Project. She was bestowed numerous university and national awards for her scholarship, including the 2014 Finalist for the National Olmsted Scholarship, 2014 American Society of Landscape Architects Student Honor Award for her thesis A Spatial Analysis of the Uncharted Territory of Growing Old, the 2014 Sullivan Award, and induction into the Raven Academic Honorary Society.

Outside of her work, Harriett loves drawing, reading, cooking, horseback riding, Ashtanga yoga, and getting outdoors.  She lives in Charlottesville with her miniature schnoodle, Ginny.


This graduate reseach project, awarded the University of Virginia’s 2013 Howland Fellowship, explored public landscapes in three “Blue Zone” locations characterized by extreme longevity – Loma Linda, California, US; Ogliastra and Barbagia Regions, Sardinia, Italy; and  northern Okinawa, Japan. Through a cultural landscape perspective, Harriett Jameson and Asa Eslocke researched  on each site a.) the physical aspects of the landscape that enable healthy communities and b.) the importance of a “sense of place” on well-being, in order to understand how public places can shape cultures of healthy aging.

In November 2014, Landscape of Longevity was premiered at the Virginia Film Festival.  The final product is a full-length film documentary that highlights the qualitative connections between landscapes and longevity through personal narratives, thick descriptions, daily routines, and spatial practices. This greater understanding of Blue Zones landscapes can foster innovative insights and ideas for public spaces that engender healthy aging in the United States.

The Community Design and Research Center