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

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.  

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

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

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

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

Building construction begins TODAY - May 20th, 2015



Design Building Presentation April 24, 2015
DigSafe - March 19, 2015

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


  • The award, granted by Provost Katherine Newman and the university’s Faculty Senate Council on Public Engagement and Outreach, recognizes one faculty member each year for his or her extraordinary accomplishments using community engagement to enhance students’ academic opportunities.  Read more.

  • NO SPACE LEFT BEHIND - Rediscover Downtown Springfield through Tactical Urbanism

    Downtown Springfield: UMass Amherst students employ 'tactical urbanism' lessons to create temporary art (photos)

    Opening: Friday April 24, 2:00pm

    This UMass Amherst Landscape Architecture urban design studio focused on overlooked spaces in downtown Springfield. Graduate students imagined how to shape these various spaces for their revitalization.
    Their work resulted in the actual installation of 6 projects that will be exhibited for a limited time. Tour these sites within the Central Cultural District Walking Route to see the short term installations, and be part of the long term vision for Springfield.

    Students: Chris Counihan, Kellie Fenton, , Matt Hisle, Emilie Jordao, Yue Li, Yanhua Lu, Maozhu Mao, James Prendergast, Michalagh Stoddard, Ruying Tang, Yi Yang, Jing Wang, Nelle Ward, Yuqing Wu, Yu Yu
    Professors: Michael Di Pasquale and Frank Sleegers

    We are grateful for the support from the Springfield Central Cultural District, Focus TV Springfield and the Springfield Office for Planning and Economic Development. Special thanks to the high school students of the Putnam Vocational Technical Academy for creating art work and installing.

  • 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":