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.

 

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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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
PhD Candidate in Regional Planning Ruben Flores-Marzan empowers youth to pursue careers in planning
Ruben Flores-Marzan, a PhD Candidate in Regional Planning at UMass and Special Projects Manager at Roxbury Community College (RCC), is bridging the gap between academia and communities to inspire the next generation of planners. Ruben and Kenneth Reardon, Professor and Chair of Urban Planning and
May 23, 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.