Our combined department (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.

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. 

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. 

LARP Students Help New Bedford and Fairhaven Communities Reimagine Climate Futures

UMass Landscape Architecture students in Professor Samantha Solano’s MLA Studio and Professor Frank Sleegers’ BSLA Urban Design Studio participated in the 2023 Envision Resilience Design Challenge that focused on proposing solutions to sea level rise in the towns of New Bedford and Fairhaven, MA. 

Learn More about the 2023 Challenge.

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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
MLA Graduate Michael Chancellor and UMass Team win the 24th Annual Affordable Housing Development Competition
MLA graduate Michael Chancellor finished the year off strong with an outstanding win during the 24th Annual Affordable Housing Development Competition presented by Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. Michael and a team of UMass peers, in collaboration with students from Clark University and Wentworth
May 22, 2024
LARP congratulates all members of the graduating Class of 2024
LARP gathered family, friends, and department faculty and staff to join in celebrating graduating students at our department commencement events last week. The Graduate Ceremony for Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Regional Planning students on Friday, May 17th was followed by the
May 22, 2024

Upcoming Events

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12:00 am - 11:59 pm ET
Last Day of Session 1
12:00 am - 11:59 pm ET
Holiday ~ Independence Day
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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.