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.

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

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.

Waugh Arboretum Walking Tour

Tour the Waugh Arboretum

The Waugh Arboretum, established in 1944 and named after our department founder Frank A. Waugh, is a campus-wide collection of trees at UMass Amherst that supports a landscape for learning, research and exploration. Join us for a walking tour across campus to learn about the arboretum’s most notable specimens, gardens, and historic landscapes from representatives of the Waugh Arboretum Committee. 


Zube Lecture Series Returns This Fall!

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.