• The 7th Fábos Conference is Happening THIS SUMMER in Budapest, Hungary

    The Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning is held every three years to bring together experts, researchers and planners who are influencing landscape planning, policy making and greenway planning from the local to the international level. The conference highlights recent trends and contributes to the literature of landscape and greenway planning.
  • BSLA Sophomore Studio Presents Classwork at Jones Library in Amherst, MA.

    UMass BSLA Sophomore fall 2021 studio, taught by Jane Thurber and Melinda Reid, developed concepts for a civic landscape space that links the Jones Library, Amherst History Museum, and the Town of Amherst.
  • Emeritus Professor Jack Ahern Publishes Book on Sustainable Landscape Design in Cape Cod

    In his new book “Design with Nature on Cape Cod and the Islands,” Jack Ahern, professor emeritus of landscape architecture, scopes sustainable design practices based on the region's community of native plants. Ahern discusses the natural history of Cape Cod, defines the landscape character its native plants uphold, and describes what goes into designing to combat natural ailments such as climate change and soil erosion.
  • UMass BSLA and Stockbridge Students Attend and Compete at NCLC

    Over Spring Break 11 students traveled to North Carolina State to compete in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC). The National Collegiate Landscape Competition is an annual three-day event which brings together the top landscape and horticulture students, top industry companies and dozens of the biggest industry manufacturers and suppliers. These top industry companies create and judge 31 different events that test students skills and knowledge. The UMass NCLC Team was made up of students from Landscape Contracting, Arboriculture, Urban Forestry, Landscape Architecture and Horticultural Science and supervised by Michael Davidsohn from LARP and Kristina Bezanson from NRC.
  • LARP Celebrates Womens History Month

    As we celebrate Womens History Month, we are taking the time to recall the strides women have made in the history of landscape design and planning practices. The department’s Diversity Committee encourages the LARP community to dedicate this month to acknowledging and glorifying the accomplishments women have fulfilled in the realm of landscape architecture and regional planning.
  • Emeritus Professor Julius Gy. Fábos Passes Away

    It is with great sadness that the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst announces the passing of Professor Emeritus Julius Gy. Fábos , FASLA on Feb. 18, 2022.
  • LARP Celebrates Black History Month

    As we celebrate Black History Month, we pause to recall and honor the history of Black Americans, and their contributions in the United States. The department’s Diversity Committee encourages the LARP community to dedicate this month to learning and action.
  • LARP Professor Ethan Carr Publishes New Book on the Historical Context of the National Park Idea

    Both Central Park in New York and Yosemite Valley in California became public parks during the tumultuous years before and during the Civil War. UVM adjunct Professor Rolf Diamant and UMass Professor Ethan Carr demonstrate how anti-slavery activism, war, and the remaking of the federal government gave rise to the American public park, and of the national park idea. The authors closely examine Frederick Law Olmsted’s 1865 Yosemite Report—the key document that expresses the aspirational vision of making great public parks keystone institutions of a renewed liberal democracy.
  • MLA Candidate Anna Kellerman Develops Research for Shelter Island, NY's Historical Site: Sylvester Manor

    Through an internship funded by the Garden Conservancy's Gardens for Good program, University of Massachusetts Amherst MLA candidate Anna Kellerman is producing a Sylvester Manor Landscape Study for the historic site.

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Why LA&RP?

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.

Spotlight Story

  • Nationwide survey of urban tree planting initiatives (TPIs) led by Assistant Professor Theodore Eisenman

    New study highlights the rise of TPIs and offers a research agenda....
  • John W. Olver Design Building Receives Architecture Institute’s Highest Honor

    The John W. Olver Design Building has been lauded for its innovative wood truss system...
  • Class Project Builds Bridges between Students and Campus Workers

    Professor 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 Abunnasr

    Planning for Climate Change A Reader in Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Design for Resilient Cities...