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  • LARP Online summer Courses

    The Department offers a range of 3-Credit, 6-Week summer on-line courses. These are available through UMass Continuing & Professional Education. Enrollment now open!


  • Dean Robert Feldman and LARP announced plans for their new building at the 2013 alumni dinner

    A design team of Leers Weinzapfel Associates, architects, and Stephen Stimson Associates, landscape architects, has been selected, and construction should start in 2015 for occupancy in late 2016. See more on our slide show here .

  • LARP Students in Planning Studios Complete Projects in Springfield

    More information about the "spotlight project".

  • Faculty promotions: Elisabeth Hamin and Henry Renski

    ELISABETH HAMIN has been promoted from Associate to Full Professor
    Elisabeth came to UMass in 2001.  Since then she has been teaching and researching on regional growth management, landscape protection, and climate change adaptation relative to land use regulatory planning and policy.  Her research has been published in three books and numerous journal articles and public reports.  She has been one of the lead investigators on two large NSF grants in recent years.  She has served LARP as Program Director for the PhD program (2002-2012), and a member of various department, college and university committees; Elisabeth also has served on committees for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. In January 2013 she was appointed Department Head.

    HENRY RENSKI was awarded tenure and has been promoted from Assistant to Associate Professor
    Henry has been with LARP since 2007.  He is recognized and respected for his research in the field of regional economic development relative to entrepreneurship, infrastructure, and spatial agglomeration (clustering).  His previous experience in the policy arena outside of academia (State of Maine) allows him to teach students how economic theory may be applied to real-world regional planning; he has been teaching courses in economic development policy, in addition to GIS and quantitative methods.  Henry is Co-Director of the Center for Economic Development, Methodologist for the Institute of Social Science Research, and (since January 2013) Director of the PhD Program.

  • Professor Robert Ryan is elevated to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2013

    ASLA Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge, and service.

    Professor Robert L. Ryan received his nomination, for Knowledge, from the Boston Chapter. At the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, he has increased the profession’s knowledge base with regard to human factors, green infrastructure planning, and research methods.

  • LARP doctoral student Ryan Wallace and Dept Head Elisabeth Hamin participate in a field trip to Delft, Netherlands.

     The topic was permitting and design of off-shore wind energy, and the team included engineers, ecologists, and policy students."

  • Montenegro-Menezes receives UMass President's Creative Economy Initiatives Award

    Assistant Professor Flavia Montenegro-Menezes' proposal receives the Creative Economy Initiatives Award. Her proposal "Participatory Asset Mapping: Sustainable Planning and Development in Holyoke" to develop a tested and transferable approach to integrating unique cultural assets into regional planning.

  • Our Students Participated In The BSA Historic Boston Event

    Exhibition: June 4th - 17th, 2013

    Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design students - Tai-Hsiang Cheng, MLA '13, Julia Sim BSLA '13, David Ross BSLA '13 and Calliope Bosen ED '13 all have contributed to the Connect Historic Boston Initiative. Coordinated by our guest lecturer Carolina Aragon.

  • Alumni David Rouse is named as the new Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services, American Planning Association (APA)

    The American Planning Association (APA), a membership and education organization with nearly 40,000 members in 95 countries, is pleased to announce David Rouse, AICP, as the new Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services.

    Rouse holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a bachelor's degree from Harvard University. He is a certified planner by APA's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, a registered landscape architect, and holds a Professional Planner (PP) license in New Jersey.

    Rouse will start at APA on July 1. He will be based in APA's Washington, D.C., office.

  • Our Studio Instructor, Professor and Current student receive 2013 Awards by Boston Association of Landscape Architectures

    Our current studio instructor Stephen Stimson and his firm received three awards for their projects, "Northeast Harbor" (Honor Award), "Mary Soo Hoo Park" (Merit Award), and "UCONN Academic Buildings" (Merit Award).

    Associate Professor Annaliese Bischoff was awarded a Merit Award for her work "The Children's Guide to Turners Falls".

    Current MLA student Jing Huang was awarded a Merit Student Award for her work  "Cultivating a Synergistic Growing Site".