Professor Jack Ahern RetiresProfessor Jack Ahern, FASLA retired at the end of the Spring 2020 semester after 34 years in LARP at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Jack was the very model of a modern landscape architect, rooted in sustainable design with a passion for plants, landscape ecology, greenway planning, and ecosystem services. He had a positive influence on the thousands of students who took his classes and the ones whom he mentored.
Welcome Samantha Solano, Assistant Professor!The Department would like to welcome, Samantha Solano as an Assistant Professor. Samantha will be teaching LandArch 297B Special Topics- Studio II and LandArch 501 Studio I. Samantha joins us from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) where she was an assistant professor in landscape architecture. Her innovative research and creative professional work centers on urban ecological design in arid landscapes through the lens of climate change resiliency and equitable design and practice in landscape architecture. Samantha is an emerging voice in issues related to diversity and inclusion in the profession of landscape architecture and is the leader of the newly formed, Visualizing Equity in Landscape (VELA) project.
Darrel Ramsey-Musolf Named a 2020-2021 ADVANCE Faculty FellowEight SBS faculty have been named 2020-2021 ADVANCE Faculty Fellows by UMass ADVANCE, including Darrel Ramsey-Musolf, associate professor of regional planning.
SustComm Student Wins Public Transit ScholarshipHenry Mulvey, senior BS in Sustainable Community Development major and prospective MRP/MS Civil Engineering dual-degree candidate, has been awarded the American Public Transportation Foundation Dr. George M. Smerk Scholarship for 2020, given to an applicant dedicated to a career in public transit management.
MRP and MS Geography Candidate Has a Profile in A.T. Communities!Jessica Schottanes, dual MRP and MS Geography candidate, has a profile in the summer 2020 edition of A.T. Communities, a newsletter of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, related to her Master's Thesis research.
LARP Students Win BSLA Merit AwardsGraduate students in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP) and one alum recently won merit awards from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects.
Wired Ivy Podcast Hosts Elisabeth Hamin for Discussion on Teaching During COVID-19Wired Ivy's interview with Elisabeth Hamin Infield, professor of regional planning, was recorded on April 10, 2020, about 3 weeks into UMass Amherst's transition from classroom to remote learning -- and with about 3-weeks of class remaining in the spring semester.
LARP Students Spent Their Spring Semester Reimagining the Future of South Boston's Moakley ParkProfessors Ethan Carr and Theo Eisenman assigned students to look at various parks throughout the City of Boston and come up with ways to enhance connections throughout its park system. Students were encouraged to get creative with their designs, and create a place of cultural and environmental significance for the surrounding community.
Elisabeth Hamin Appointed Co-Chair of the ACSP Task Force on Climate ActionThis task force is charged with examining how ACSP should respond to the challenge of climate change in all the association’s activities; this includes, but is not limited to, advice on curriculum, association operations, the annual conference, administrators’ conference, workshops, and research synergies.
UMass Team Finishes First!Congratulations to the Graduate Urban Design team's first place entry into the MassInc. Transformational Transit Oriented Design Competition (TTOD)!! The team consisted of Bryce Lloyd-Hahn, Jiaqi Guo, and Christopher Ramage, and were supervised by Michael DiPasquale and Frank Sleegers. This team wasable to beat the other teams from Harvard GSD, MIT, and Northeastern.
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 2-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.
Culture, Heritage and Society
Regional and Greenway Planning
Urban Greenways: A Systematic Review and TypologyRecent UMass Alum Olivia Horte published an article co-authored by Theo Eisenman....
John W. Olver Design Building Receives Architecture Institute’s Highest HonorThe John W. Olver Design Building has been lauded for its innovative wood truss system...
Class Project Builds Bridges between Students and Campus WorkersProfessor Ellen Pader class connects students and service workers in meaningful ways....
UMass students stress resilience in combating climate change
New Publication by Professors Elisabeth Hamin Infield, Robert Ryan, and PhD Alumnus Yaser AbunnasrPlanning for Climate Change A Reader in Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Design for Resilient Cities...