Our faculty investigate policy, planning, and design issues in the identification, interpretation, and conservation of the living heritage of cultural landscapes.

Regional scale landscape planning promotes the thoughtful achievement of human and natural needs while linking edge, node and corridor across multiple scales.

Our faculty are leaders in investigating entrepreneurship, development and redevelopment, technological change, and the reuse of industrial space to meet new social and economic needs.  

Design Exploration integrates design and scholarship through award winning exhibitions, design/build projects, built landscapes, and plans.

Research in Regenerative Urbanism addresses climate change, resilience, sustainable and low impact policy and design practices in small towns, cities, and global metropolitan regions.

Community Engagement research explores distribution of costs, benefits, power and privilege among multiple and diverse publics in policy, planning and design.

Summer construction 8/27/2015

Summer construction 8/12/2015


Building construction begins TODAY - May 20th, 2015




  • In anticipation of a planned retirement by Director Jonathan Tucker, 12 year veteran Senior Planner Christine Brestrup has been promoted to Interim Planning Director. Ms. Brestrup will assume management and spokesperson responsibilities for the Department, and serve as staff liaison to the Planning Board and Zoning Sub-Committee, effective Monday, September 21st. Read more.

  • Coen + Partners
    Founded by Shane Coen in 1991, Coen + Partners is a renowned landscape architecture practice based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Through a process of collaboration, experimentation, and questioning, the firm’s work embraces the complexities of each site with quiet clarity and ecological integrity. The practice has built a distinguished body of award-winning work that is widely recognized as progressive and timeless, receiving numerous awards for landscape architecture, planning, and urban design. Coen + Partners has been recognized by the AIA, the ASLA, the GSA Design Excellence Program, and the editorial staff of such influential publications as MetropolisDwell, and Architectural RecordNew York Times architectural critic Anne Raver has described Coen + Partners’ work as “pushing Midwestern boundaries.”  View Gallery.

  • Find a story from this months LAM on Phase 1 project on the historic St. Elizabeth's campus in Washington DC. Project Credit includes UMass Alumnus: Christian Gabriel, ASLA, the National Design Director for Landscape Architecture for the U.S. General Service Administration’s Office of Chief Architect in Washington, D.C. 

  • The City of Chicopee is calling for artists and tactical urbanism enthusiasts to participate in their first annual major urban placemaking event, The Chicopee Block Party!
    This is event was made possible through a placemaking/tactical urbanism grant awarded to the City by Mass. Development's Transformative Development Initiative. A major part of the event will be art installations, temporary sculptures, interactive displays, or any other creative activity you or a team may propose. Seeing how this event is a placemaking/tactical urbanism event, it will be vital that landscape architects, planners, sustainable community developers, and the like make their voices heard. The City will provide up to a $250 stipend for your artistic display!!!
    If chosen, this could be a great addition to a portfolio or resume. Documenting the process and recording the success of your display, while addressing the contemporary urban issues that effect cities like Chicopee will make for a creative and thoughtful addition to your portfolio. Proposals do not need to be by students. The proposals are open to all who wish to participate. 
    The event's website: chicopeeblockparty.blogspot.com
    The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 12th from noon to 11PM. This gives the opportunity for your display to be viewed at night! The event hopes to draw about 7,000 attendees! 
    All applications are due by Friday August 28th. 
  • Please consider a contribution today!

    Thanks to the generosity of a group of LARP alums, both recent and many that graduated decades ago, the department will have a new scholarship fund to support future students in the program. The Frank A. Waugh Alumni Board Support fund was created by a gift from past and current members of the Alumni Advisory Board and other generous alums.

    The purpose of the Fund is to provide ongoing support for the next generation of LARP students. It will provide support for LARP students that can be used for tuition and fee expenses, travel to academic and professional conferences or to provide necessary technology to enhance student experiences.  The annual award winner(s) will be determined by the LARP scholarship committee, in conjunction with the Department Head.

    Over the many years of their existence, the Waugh Alumni Board had raised funds through contributions from LARP alumni. Recently the board voted to contribute the money to an endowment fund that could be used to support a variety of student needs and will provide that support in perpetuity.

    The Waugh Board donation was $17,551.22 (as you can see in the ‘Big Check’ photo). That gift and others have put the total in the fund at just over $20,000.00, but before the fund can become an endowment able to generate revenue and provide perpetual support for students, it must reach $25,000.  Less than $5,000.00 left to go! Please consider a contribution today!

    Thanks to all members of the past and to the current members of the Waugh Alumni Board for making this fund possible.