Ethan Carr
Ethan Carr
Professor of Landscape Architecture

Ethan Carr
Office: Design Building 339
Tel: 413-545-0153
PhD, Edinburgh College of Art
MA in Art History, Columbia University

Ethan Carr, PhD, FASLA, is a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the director of the MLA program. He is a landscape historian and preservationist specializing in public landscapes, particularly municipal and national park planning and design. He has written two award-winning books, Wilderness by Design (1998) and Mission 66: Modernism and the National Park Dilemma (2007) that describe the twentieth-century history of planning and design in the U.S. national park system as the context for considering its future management. In 2008, with partners from the National Park Service and the Cultural Landscape Foundation, Carr co-organized a two-part conference on the history and future of public park design, Designing the Parks, which has resulted in a national park design competition administered by the Van Alen Institute. Carr is also the volume editor of the Early Boston Years (2013), the eighth volume of the Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted, which covers the period of the 1880s, when the Olmsted’s practice developed into the first modern landscape architecture office. His latest book is The Greatest Beach, a History of the Cape Cod National Seashore (2018).

Carr received his Master’s in Art History from Columbia, his Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the GSD, and his PhD from the Edinburgh College of Art. His career in the fields of landscape architecture and historic preservation began in the professional world, where he worked for New York City Parks and the National Park Service, where he was the lead historical landscape architect at the Denver Service Center. He also worked for non-profit organizations and private design offices. He has taught at the Harvard GSD, the University of Virginia, and at the University of Massachusetts.


​LANDARCH  494LI - Landscape Planning & the Cultural Landscape
LANDARCH/SUSTCOMM  544 - Hist Arch & Ldscp II
LANDARCH 593T:  Case Study in Landscape Architecture: Contemporary Theory and Practice
LANDARCH  603 - Studio VI Cultural Landscape

Recent News

Professor Carr's latest book "The Greatest Beach: A History of the Cape Cod National Seashore" is published in June 2019. Listen to his interview about the book here.
Professor Ethan Carr is quoted in the New York Times Article "Far From the Great Lawn, Saving a Home Tied to Central Park" (February 11, 2018)
Central Park, Bucolic but Aging, Is in a Quest for $300 Million - New York Times (July 13,2016)