UMass landscape architecture students identify plant species at the UMass Design Building Rooftop Garden


The UMass Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning provides professionally accredited degrees (MRP, MLA, BSLA), one of the most innovative sustainability-focused undergraduate degrees in the country (Sustainable Community Development), a skills-based two-year Associate of Landscape Contracting, and a PhD in Regional Planning.

Here at LARP, we research, design, teach, and do community outreach to create sustainable solutions to complex problems.


The Man Who Loved Trees, by Annaleise Bischoff

The Man Who Loved Trees by Professor Emerita Annaliese Bischoff

You may know that Frank A. Waugh (1869-1943) was the founder of our department in 1903 and a pioneering advocate of native planting design. But did you know that he was also an amazing artist with a love for trees? In her new book, The Man Who Loved Trees, LARP Professor Emerita Annaliese Bischoff catalogues Waugh's life as a professional landscape architect through his little-known collection of tree portraits. 

Project sWARM brings awareness to extreme heat in Western Mass schools

Schools across Western Mass are feeling the effects of extreme heat in the classroom. UMass Amherst Associate Professor, Climate Artist, and Art for Public Good Founder Carolina Aragón teamed up with Cooler Communities and the Duggan Academy in Springfield to co-create “sWARM,” a participatory art project that aims to raise awareness and helps find solutions to this problem.  

LARP Senior Speaker Lucas D'Entremont | SBS 2024 Senior Celebration

As landscape architects, we have the power to leave the world in better shape than when we found it. I challenge everyone to do the same.

- Lucas D'Entremont, Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture Class of 2024

The Life of a UMass Master of Regional Planning Student

Learn about the Master of Regional Planning (MRP) program with graduate student Lydia Jankowski. Lydia shares her experience in the 4+1 MRP program and how she's pursuing her interests through a research project on local rock climbing communities. 

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MLA Graduate Chandana Palika receives the Z+T Scholarship
The UMass Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning congratulates Chandana Palika, a recent graduate of the UMass Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program, for receiving the Z+T Scholarship. The Z+T Scholarship is generously sponsored by LARP alum Dong Zhang and Ziying Tang of
June 12, 2024
Project sWARM brings awareness to extreme heat in Western Mass schools  
Project sWARM, a collaborative climate art project, opens at the Springfield Science Museum to raise awareness about extreme heat in schools
June 7, 2024
New Study Details Strategies for Successful Urban Tree Planting Initiatives
Collaborative research led by UMass Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Theodore Eisenman outlines five essential themes to promote equitable and sustainable urban tree planting initiatives.
May 31, 2024

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The Zube lecture series is named for Erv Zube, former head of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP) from 1974 to 1980. Professor Zube is internationally known for his leadership in developing a culture of academic research in the profession of landscape architecture. His research made numerous seminal contributions to landscape planning theory and practice. Erv left UMass for the University of Arizona, where he continued his renowned research and teaching until he passed away in 2001.