Zube Lecture Series Fall 2023

Thursdays, DB 170 @ 4:00 pm ET
All lectures will be held in 170 Design Building unless otherwise noted.

551 North Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002

All information surrounding Zube dates & times are accurate among this webpage listing.



The Future of Urbanism is Democratic

Joel Mills

Senior Director for Design Assistance at the Architects Foundation.

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Evolutionary Infrastructure

Christian Gabriel, FASLA

Creative Director + Founder at Public Nature Projects

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Storytelling Ideation and AI: Photomontage as a Creative Catalyst in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design

Blake Belanger, PLA, ASLA

Associate Professor, Kansas State University, Landscape Architecture & Regional & Community Planning

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Strategies for Promoting Shared Micromobility to Complement Public Transit

Xiang 'Jacob' Yan

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, University of Florida

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Concepts in Translation

Simon Bussiere

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Hawaii

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*Wednesday, 10/11

Minerva Parker Exhibit Panel Discussion

Molly Lester and Bill Witaker




Tough Sites: A Manifesto for Ugly Duckling Landscapes

Julie Bargmann

Founder of D.I.R.T. Studio, Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture, University of Virginia

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Housing Justice in the Weeds: The Complications of Reducing Housing Poverty and Insecurity through Subsidized Housing in the Context of Racial Concentration and Exclusion

Revel Sims

Assistant Professor of Housing and Community Development, University of Winsconsin, Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture

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Landscape Design:Build:Maintain

Matthew Benzie, ASLA, ISA Certified Arborist ©

Owner, Indigenous Ingenuities

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African Landscape Architecture

Gareth Doherty, ASLA

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design



Developing Local Resilience through Community Production Centers Anchored by Digital Fabrication

Blair Evans

Founder and Director, Incite Focus




The Zube lecture series is named for Erv Zube, former head of LARP from 1974 to 1980. Professor Zube is internationally known for his leadership in developing a culture of academic research in the profession of landscape architecture. His research made numerous seminal contributions to landscape planning theory and practice. Erv left UMass for the University of Arizona, where he continued his renowned research and teaching until he passed away in 2001.

Erv and his wife Margaret endowed at UMass in 2004 to “bring scholars to the department to stimulate and enrich our academic community in landscape architecture and planning." The Zube endowment has been supported generously by alumni, students and faculty.

We honor their leadership and generosity through the lecture series which continues to enrich our community with the thoughts and works of local, national and international academic and professional leaders. The department is pleased to accept donations of any amount to continue to build and enlarge the endowment.

Please check LARP Public Calendar for previous Zube Lecture series.

Fall 2022  Spring 2022  Fall 2021     Spring 2021     Fall 2020     Spring 2020     Fall 2019    
Spring 2019 Fall 2018  Spring 2018     Fall 2017     Spring 2017     Fall 2016     Spring 2016   
Fall 2015  Spring 2015   Fall 2014      Spring 2014     Fall 2013