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  • MLA Students Win Honor Award from Boston Society of Landscape Architects

    Congratulations to MLA students Samantha Anderson, Ivette Banoub, Ngoc Doan, Colin O'Donnell, Keith Hannon, Irene Miller, Amanda Rookey, and Yan Xu, and studio instructors Stephen Stimson and Lauren Stimson, of Stephen Stimson Associates.

    See the students projects here

    See the final studio report here

  • BSLA Students Win Honor Award from Boston Society of Landscape Architects

    "Springfield’s “X” – From Crossroads to Center" has won the Boston Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award in Student Works.

    Congratulations to Joe Agrillo, Bryan Anderson, Bill Black, Nic Brown, Sam Brown, Ted Chesbro, Pat Corey, Richard Disharoon, Andrew Fang, Krystal Ford, Dan Kamins, Jay French, Colin Lord, Tom Holt, John Nicol, Alex Jardin, Tricia O’Grady, Dahee Lee, Brett Riley, Henry Puza, Steve Sanborn, Sean Regnier, Chuck Richard, David Ross, Julia Sim, Jennifer Verville. Studio instructors: Frank Sleegers, Elizabeth Thompson and Carolina Aragon.


  • LARP Alumni Honored at 2013 APA-MA Awards

    The American Planning Association-Massachusetts Chapter announced the winners of the 2013 APA-MA awards program, the state’s highest honor for planning professionals. The awards program is a proud tradition established years ago to recognize outstanding comprehensive plans, planning programs and initiatives, public education efforts, and individuals for their leadership on planning issues. Among this year's winners were several LARP Alumni: Jayne Bernhard-Armington AICP, Senior Planner, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (primary author) and recipient of this year’s Young Planner Award, which recognizes a junior or mid-level young practicing planner who has excelled in leadership, increased the impact of planning in public and private decision making, or enhanced the APA-MA Chapter; Douglas Albertson, Town Planner, Belchertown; Stuart Beckley, Town Manager, Ware; Karen Mendrala, (former) Senior Planner, Holyoke; James Errickson, Executive Director, Department of Planning and Development; affiliated faculty Peter Flinker AICP, Principal, Dodson & Flinker Landscape Architecture and Planning, Walter Ramsey AICP, Town Planner and Conservation Agent, Paul Halkiotis AICP, Town Planner, Town of Marshfield. Awards were also granted to the following agencies for which numerous LARP alumni are part: Franklin Regional Council of Governments, Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority, and The Town of Montague (twice awarded).

    The LARP Department congratulates our graduates on their continued pursuit of excellence.

  • Aging population expected to slow growth in Massachusetts over long term, UMass Donahue Institute study finds

    The UMass Donahue Institute’s Population Estimates Program released a comprehensive population growth study showing that the Massachusetts population will increase by 4.4 percent from 2010 to 2030, growing by 290,589 over the 20-year term to a new total of 6,838,254. The newly released report, Long-term Population Projections for Massachusetts Regions and Municipalities was developed by researchers at the UMass Donahue Institute and Dr. Henry Renski, Associate Professor of Regional Planning and Director for the UMASS Center for Economic Development at UMass Amherst, through support from the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth. more

  • UMass Amherst Professor emeritus Nicholas Dines honored

    UMass Amherst Professor emeritus Nicholas T. Dines, FASLA from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning was awarded the American Society of Landscape Architects National Community Service Award at the ASLA Annual Meeting's President's Dinner on November 18, 2013. Nick believes that people will understand landscape architecture when they see it in their own front yard – mainly the public spaces that they engage with every day.  For this reason, Nick took on his own local community of Williamsburg, MA as a case study.  more


  • Robert Ryan elevated to ASLA Fellow for 2013, Receives $250K NSF Grant for ‘City Science’ Exhibit at Worcester’s EcoTarium

    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.

    A team of researchers led by Robert L. Ryan, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to integrate the science of urban systems into the new City Science exhibit at the EcoTarium museum in Worcester.

  • 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".

  • The Department is seeking applicants for the position of Extension Assistant Professor – Community Engagement, Design and Development.

    The successful candidate will be responsible for outreach to the City of Springfield and Massachusetts’ communities more generally, managing the UMass Design Center in Springfield, and generating external funding such as grants, contracts, and client projects.  Other duties will include teaching one to two courses annually in LARP, student research advising and mentoring, and collaborating in peer-reviewed scholarly research and/or design award submissions. More information.

  • 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.