Department Affiliated Centers


The Design Center is a collaboration between the City of Springfield, the UMass Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, the Department of Architecture, the Department of Building Construction and Technology, and UMass Extension/Center for Agriculture.
Michael Di PasqualeFrank Sleegers



The Center for Resilient Metro-Region provides community planning and design services and applied research.  Most of our work is in land use, climate change, urban greening and low-impact development, public space, and the intersections of these with housing and economic development. We work at a range of scales, from rural communities to complex metropolitan regions.  Work with communities is often organized as a class studio project, providing service-learning opportunities for students and benefits for the communities who fund the studios. Other ways we work with communities is through consulting contracts through CRM or by placing student interns in your office.  CRM is a state-certified provider of Municipal Vulnerability Planning
Elisabeth Hamin, Director


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The Center for Economic Development is a research and community-oriented technical assistance center that is partially funded by the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. Housed at the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning.
Henry Renski & John Mullin


LARP collaborate with Anthropology and other departments in the cross-disciplinary Center for Heritage and Society.
Elizabeth Brabec


SAGE creates a network of U.S., Caribbean and European engineers, geoscientists, ecologists, social scientists, planners and policymakers. Together we develop and promote a robust interdisciplinary analytic framework for the wide range of possible infrastructure responses to coastal hazards across a range, or gradient, of urban to rural areas. This allows policy-makers to have clearer selection criteria for location-appropriate and climate-adapted sustainable coastal infrastructure policy.
Elisabeth Hamin


Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning

The Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning is held every three years to bring together experts who are influencing landscape planning, policy making and greenway planning from the local to international level. It is intended to highlight recent trends and expand the literature about landscape and greenway planning. The aim is to explore how landscape architects and planners from different countries have approached greenway planning and to understand how greenways have been tailored to each county’s unique geographical, cultural, and political circumstances. The conference provides an opportunity to publish full papers in printed proceedings.
Mark LindhultRobert Ryan & Julius Fábos