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 degrees in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning. In our highly flexible Sustainable Community Development program, you’ll explore diverse perspectives on fostering sustainability through design and planning. We also offer a skills-based Associate of Science in Landscape Contracting. Explore our programs below:

Why Study Landscape Architecture?

BSLA graduate Lucas D'Entremont shares his experience in the UMass Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture program (SBS 2024 Senior Celebration).

Our Award-Winning Design Building

The Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning, Architecture, and Building & Construction Technology programs come together in the John W. Olver Design Building, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, research, and learning. The building's unique cross-laminated timber structural system reduces its carbon footprint, embodying the university’s commitment to sustainability.


Learn from Industry Leaders

Our Zube Lecture Series gathers academic researchers and professional leaders from around the world to give talks on major topics in the fields of landscape architecture and regional planning. 

Design Building Rooftop Garden

Lead Cutting-Edge Research with Communities

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


Experience the UMass 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 what is now the UMass LARP.  Learn with our world class arboretum through campus tours, research opportunities, and other educational experiences.


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