Gain the Skills to Build a More Sustainable World

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. We research, design, teach, and do community outreach to create sustainable solutions to complex problems.

MLA students explore cultural landscapes of the Czech Republic

MLA Students Explore Cultural Landscapes of the Czech Republic

It was amazing to experience these landscapes hands-on, and to work with my peers and colleagues to bring attention to the importance of preserving cultural landscapes

- Nina Fritsch, MLA Year 3

LARP graduates share their master's projects

Learn at Our Award-Winning Design Building

In the 87,500 square foot John W. Olver Design Building, UMass's Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning, Architecture, and Building & Construction Technology programs come together in one facility, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, research, and learning.

The goal of the project was to create an innovative and inspired building that visibly demonstrates environmentally sensitive design. The building's unique cross-laminated timber structural system reduces its carbon footprint, embodying the university’s commitment to sustainability.


The Zube Lecture Series 

Our popular Zube Lecture series gathers academic researchers and professional leaders in the fields of landscape architecture and regional planning to give talks on major topics of the day. This weekly 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. 

Design Building Rooftop Garden

Affiliated Research Centers

Our department is home to six diverse research centers that share a strong emphasis on community engagement, climate resilience, and social, environmental, and economic justice.


Oak Tree on UMass Campus, photo by Michael Amato

The Waugh Arboretum

Did you know that UMass is home to over 8,000 actively managed trees of more than 350 species? The Waugh Arboretum, founded in 1944, is named after Frank A. Waugh, the founder of what is now the UMass Department Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning. Today, our campus features many rare and historic specimen trees. UMass students can learn with our world class arboretum through campus tours, research opportunities, and other educational experiences.


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