Design Building Opening Party March 31

For videos and photos, please check Larp-UMass Facebook page and YouTube Channel. 

The new home for the Department of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning has been hailed as the largest and most technologically advanced academic contemporary wood structure in the US. It exemplifies the University's commitment to innovation and sustainability, and has received nation-wide press and media attention.

Please join LARP to celebrate the opening of this groundbreaking new Design Building.
Friday, March 31st, 2017
101 Design Building (Common Area)
551 North Pleasant St,
Amherst, MA 01003

 (RSVP by March 28th, 2017)
$10 - LARP Student
$25, $50, or $100 Donation to LARP Alumni Fund - Alumni & Friends

3:00 - 4:30 pm Presentation & Panel Discussion

The Future of the Planning and Design Fields

  • Robert Z. Melnick Professor & Former Dean, School of Architecture & Allied Arts, University of Oregon
  • Daphne Spain PhD, Professor & Chair, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, University of Virginia ('77 PhD)

Alumni Panel Discussion
Facilitator: Dr John Mullin FAICP, Emeritus Professor of Regional Planning, UMass

  • Matthew Cunningham RLA, Principal, Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC ('00 BSLA)
  • Carlton Hart AICP, Urban Planner, Urban Design & Plan Review Division, National Capital Planning Commission (‘08 MRP)
  • Allison Lamey Economic Development Director, City of Lowell (‘01 BSED, ’03 MRP) 
  • Cheri Ruane RLA, Practice Leader, Spurr Design Studio; President, Boston Society of Landscape Architects(‘95 BSLA)

4:30 - 5:00 pm Building Presentation by Architect Juliet Chun Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architect

5:00 - 8:00 pm Mingling, Hor d’oeuvres with Cash Bar, Building Tours, and Live Band. 
Music by "The Town Council", Nick Dines, FASLA, Professor Emeritus, LARP, Rick Murnane, and Fred Goodhue. 

For more information about LARP new home, please check the Design Building Blog
Parking Information: Please park at a meter/visitor lot, we are at lot 62 on the umass parking map.