Our faculty investigate policy, planning, and design issues in the identification, interpretation, and conservation of the living heritage of cultural landscapes.

Design Exploration integrates design and scholarship through award winning exhibitions, design/build projects, built landscapes, and plans.

Regional scale landscape planning promotes the thoughtful achievement of human and natural needs while linking edge, node and corridor across multiple scales.

Our faculty are leaders in investigating entrepreneurship, development and redevelopment, technological change, and the reuse of industrial space to meet new social and economic needs.  

Community Engagement research explores distribution of costs, benefits, power and privilege among multiple and diverse publics in policy, planning and design.

Research in Regenerative Urbanism addresses climate change, resilience, sustainable and low impact policy and design practices in small towns, cities, and global metropolitan regions.

DigSafe - March 19, 2015

 Ensure the protection of underground utilities, before breaking the ground.

Latest renderings of the IDB - January, 2015

IDB Presentation: August 8, 2014


  • This spring LARP juniors have joined Five College Architectural Studies students to collaborate on an interdisciplinary design studio hosted at UMass Amherst. The studio is funded in part by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, and is supported by the Five College Consortium of schools. In this innovative new model for bridging theory and practice, landscape architecture and planning, and liberal arts education with professional development, students are exposed to a broad variety of approaches to multi-family housing development. More importantly, the students work together in teams to share skills, address problems from multiple angles, and collaborate across disciplinary and institutional boundaries. This is the second bridging studio sponsored by LARP, and we hope to continue to provide these courses in the future.

  • Students:
    Mohammed Abdelaal (MRP 2015), Meilan Chen, Zhuoya Deng, Ericka Duym, Laura Keskula, Joe Larico, Bin Liu, Shu Liu, Wenjie Liu,Tharyn Nein-Large, Jason Yu, Junbo Zhang, Zhangkan Zhou

    Instructors: Frank Sleegers and Michael DiPasquale
    Client: City of Springfield
    Project was sponsored through Federal COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM

  • Student work from Jane Thurber's Spring 2015 studio, LA 397C, "Reinvisioning Pynchon Plaza" was included  in "Springfield 2017", a presentation put together by the city to identify frameworks for future development.

    There was also an article that appeared on the front page of the Sunday Springfield Republican this week that specifically addresses Pynchon Plaza and features student work. Congratulations to the juniors who did a great job in exploring this Plaza and the surrounding issues.

    Here is the link to the article"After decades of neglect, new possibilities emerge for Springfield's Pynchon Plaza":

  • Extension Assistant Professor Michael Di Pasquale has been working on an Urban Design project with Davis Square Architects to create new infill housing in Northampton, MA.  CLICK HERE for article

  • Cultural Landscapes and Heritage Values: Embracing Change in the Management of Place

    MAY 13-15, 2015

    The conference will bring speakers and participants from around the world to UMass, and will help launch LARP's new Graduate Certificate in Cultural Landscape Management program. Click here for more information and the Call for Papers, and click here for more information on our graduate certificate program.