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.

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.

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

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

Building construction begins TODAY - May 20th, 2015



Design Building Presentation April 24, 2015
DigSafe - March 19, 2015

 Ensure the protection of underground utilities, before breaking the ground.


  • 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.

  • The award, granted by Provost Katherine Newman and the university’s Faculty Senate Council on Public Engagement and Outreach, recognizes one faculty member each year for his or her extraordinary accomplishments using community engagement to enhance students’ academic opportunities.  Read more.

  • NO SPACE LEFT BEHIND - Rediscover Downtown Springfield through Tactical Urbanism

    Downtown Springfield: UMass Amherst students employ 'tactical urbanism' lessons to create temporary art (photos)

    Opening: Friday April 24, 2:00pm

    This UMass Amherst Landscape Architecture urban design studio focused on overlooked spaces in downtown Springfield. Graduate students imagined how to shape these various spaces for their revitalization.
    Their work resulted in the actual installation of 6 projects that will be exhibited for a limited time. Tour these sites within the Central Cultural District Walking Route to see the short term installations, and be part of the long term vision for Springfield.

    Students: Chris Counihan, Kellie Fenton, , Matt Hisle, Emilie Jordao, Yue Li, Yanhua Lu, Maozhu Mao, James Prendergast, Michalagh Stoddard, Ruying Tang, Yi Yang, Jing Wang, Nelle Ward, Yuqing Wu, Yu Yu
    Professors: Michael Di Pasquale and Frank Sleegers

    We are grateful for the support from the Springfield Central Cultural District, Focus TV Springfield and the Springfield Office for Planning and Economic Development. Special thanks to the high school students of the Putnam Vocational Technical Academy for creating art work and installing.

  • This spring LARP juniors have joined Five College Architectural Studies students to collaborate on an interdisciplinary design studio hosted at UMass Amherst. The studio is funded in part by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, and is supported by the Five College Consortium of schools. In this innovative new model for bridging theory and practice, landscape architecture and planning, and liberal arts education with professional development, students are exposed to a broad variety of approaches to multi-family housing development. More importantly, the students work together in teams to share skills, address problems from multiple angles, and collaborate across disciplinary and institutional boundaries. This is the second bridging studio sponsored by LARP, and we hope to continue to provide these courses in the future.

  • Students:
    Mohammed Abdelaal (MRP 2015), Meilan Chen, Zhuoya Deng, Ericka Duym, Laura Keskula, Joe Larico, Bin Liu, Shu Liu, Wenjie Liu,Tharyn Nein-Large, Jason Yu, Junbo Zhang, Zhangkan Zhou

    Instructors: Frank Sleegers and Michael DiPasquale
    Client: City of Springfield
    Project was sponsored through Federal COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM