Build a More Sustainable World

Do you want to use your creativity to help people and the planet? Do you want to make our communities better places to live, work, and play? At the UMass Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, you’ll gain the skills to build a brighter future for the communities and environments that bring us together.  

Our Programs

Now more than ever, landscape architects and planners are needed to help solve today’s biggest challenges like housing inequality, food insecurity, and climate change. Our department offers professionally accredited degree programs in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning. We also offer a highly flexible Sustainable Community Development undergraduate program and a skills-based Associate of Science in Landscape Contracting.

Explore our diverse programs below:

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Earn a Degree Backed by Professionals

Our landscape architecture and regional planning programs are fully accredited by professional organizations. Accreditation means that our landscape architecture graduates are qualified to become licensed landscape architects. It means that our planning students earn degrees nationally recognized for their high professional quality.

Why Study Landscape Architecture?

"As landscape architects, we have the power to leave the world in better shape than when we found it."

- Lucas D'Entremont, BSLA 2024 Graduate

Our Award-Winning Design Building

The John W. Olver Design Building promotes interdisciplinary collaboration, research, and learning, as it brings together our department, the Department of Architecture, and the Building & Construction Technology program. The building's unique cross-laminated timber structural system reduces its carbon footprint, embodying the university’s commitment to sustainability.

UMass students walk along New Bedford's Hurricane Barrier

Implement Real Change

Our design and planning studios build students' professional experiences. Students work with communities and professionals on real-world projects. Our studios have developed housing proposals in the Pioneer Valley, designed parks for neighborhoods in Boston, drafted a climate action plan for cities in Connecticut, and developed creative solutions to the effects of sea level rise for coastal communities in Massachusetts. Discover featured projects on our "Studio Spotlights" page.


Learn from Industry Leaders

Our department gathers academic experts, professional leaders, and LARP alumni from around the world for our renowned Zube Lecture Series. Guest speakers lead weekly talks and panel discussions on major topics in landscape architecture, regional planning, and community development. 

Experience Our Campus Landscape

Did you know that UMass is home to over 8,000 actively managed trees of more than 350 species? The Waugh Arboretum is named after Frank A. Waugh, the founder of our department. Learn with our world class arboretum through campus tours, research opportunities, and other educational experiences.


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