dennis swinford, director
Dennis Swinford joined The University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus Planning Division in September of 2010 as the Director. Dennis has over twenty years of experience leading campus planning, urban design, and comprehensive planning projects. Along with a collaborative spirit, a common theme in his work is the inclusion of meaningful open space systems that builds upon an existing system or creates a new system setting the framework for future development.
Prior to joining the campus, he was the Principal Project Planner within Harvard’s Allston Development Group. Dennis was one of the leaders on the Master Plan team that was creating a plan to guide the expansion of Harvard in Allston. At Harvard, he was also the project manager for Library Park and led the effort to participate in and respond to the Boston Redevelopment Authorities community-wide planning agenda.
Dennis practiced for fifteen years at Goody Clancy Associates, Sasaki Associates, Inc., and JJR inc., where he advised institutional clients and completed planning and design projects for over thirty college campuses of all sizes in all parts of the world.
senior facilities planner
Ludmilla Pavlova is Senior Facilities Planner in Campus Planning at UMass Amherst and is responsible for master plan programming and planning for research, academic and administrative facilities and developing design guidelines.
Ludmilla has managed the planning of major capital projects including Harold Alfond Hall/ ISOM Addition, the Integrated Science Building, the Berkshire Dining Commons Renovation, the Southwest Residential Area Concourse, the Comprehensive Academic and Classroom Facilities Plan and the Library Master Plan.
Passionate about campus sustainability, Ludmilla often lectures on the topic and helped author the first UMass Amherst Sustainability Plan. Prior to coming to UMass she worked for design firms in New York City most notably for John M.Y. Lee/ Michael Timchula Associates, managing the design and construction of the Curtis/Balkan Factory in Sofia, Bulgaria, and a member of the team that designed the Shenzhen City Center Urban Design and City Hall, Shenzhen, China
Ludmilla has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and European Cultural Studies from Princeton University and a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University.
niels la cour, senior planner
Niels la Cour is a Senior Planner, on the Campus Planning team, focusing on the physical environment including both natural and built systems on the campus. He is also responsible for the integration of the Geographical Information System (GIS) into the operations of the campus’ physical plant and it’s new Computer Aided Facilities Management System.
Prior to joining our team, Niels was a Senior Planner in the Town of Amherst, MA Planning Department where he was instrumental in making the town’s GIS accessible to the general public and managed the Town’s Master Planning process. He also serves on the Massachusetts Geographic Information Advisory Committee and the Board of NEARC, the region’s Arc Info user group.
Niels has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental History from Northland College, a Masters of Landscape Architecture and a Masters of Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Niels has also worked for a Landscape Architecture, Planning, Engineering and Environmental Analysis firms and had a career in Historic Preservation.
simon raine, campus designer/
Simon Raine joined the Campus Planning Division in January of 2011 as the Campus Designer/Planner. Simon brings more than 12 years of experience encompassing a vast array of campus planning, landscape, and urban design projects. His passion for 'space' and 'placemaking', along with his background in both landscape design and planning serving on multidisciplinary teams, fits well in the University of Massachusetts Campus Planning environment.
Simon practiced for over 10 years with Sasaki Associates, Inc., working on projects and campuses across the country such as Pennsylvania State University and St. Edward's University in Texas. Prior to moving the United States, Simon was educated in the United Kingdom, receiving both a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture from Leeds University. He also practiced with the Derek Lovejoy Partnership in London.
lukasz czarniecki, graphics assistant
Lukasz Czarniecki joined the Campus Planning Division in 2012. He specializes in graphic design, creating graphics for web services, document editing, and maintaining GIS databases/CityEngine and 3D graphics. He concentrates in GIS and 3D visualization and analysis of the existing and future conditions of the University, and he's responsible for preparing and editing maps and other documents for presentations.