UMass Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning

UMass Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Our Mission...Through cutting edge research and teaching in design and planning, we explore what it means to develop sustainable communities. We encourage the appropriate use and protection of land and natural resources, anticipate and mitigate the

In 1903, LARP was founded by Frank A. Waugh as an undergraduate program in Landscape Gardening, the second such program in the United States. In 1930, the original Bachelor of Science in Landscape Gardening was changed to a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. The MLA was initiated in 1915 as a Master's in Landscape Gardening, changed three years later to a Master's in Landscape Architecture. Our Associate's in Landscape Contracting (AS), part of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, was initiated in 1923. In 1968 the Master's in Regional Planning (MRP) was initiated. in 1971, the name of the Department was changed to Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning to reflect our larger mission. Doctorate in Regional Planning (PhD) was approved in 1988, and the first students were admitted in 1989. The MLA, MRP, and BSLA are all professionally accredited degrees.

Mission: Our Mission...Through cutting edge research and teaching in design and planning, we explore what it means to develop sustainable communities. We encourage the appropriate use and protection of land and natural resources, anticipate and mitigate the

Professor Elizabeth Brabec was one of the 28 authors of the report appointed to the Climate Change and Heritage Committe...
07/03/2019
The Future of our Pasts: Engaging cultural heritage in climate action

Professor Elizabeth Brabec was one of the 28 authors of the report appointed to the Climate Change and Heritage Committee of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites, the advisory body on cultural heritage to the WHC) which produced the report over the past year. Her particular area of climate change research are the heritage issues in migration and displacement, and she is a member of the Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes .

The work of the committee continues over the next year to expand research into the role of cultural heritage in climate change responses, and also integrate an understanding of cultural heritage with the work of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

The Center for Heritage and Society, University of Massachusetts Amherstand funding support from the WUN (World Universities Network) that UMass is a member of, supported the design, production and printing of the report.

The Outline of Climate Change and Cultural Heritage Report of the Climate Change and Heritage Working Group of ICOMOS, July 1, 2019

As if you needed another reason to visit the Cape this summer!Professor Ethan Carr will present a talk and book signing ...
06/17/2019
Wampanoag Lifeways Walk on June 21st, "The Greatest Beach" on June 22nd | CapeCodToday.com

As if you needed another reason to visit the Cape this summer!

Professor Ethan Carr will present a talk and book signing on “The Greatest Beach: How Cape Cod National Seashore Came to Be” in Eastham on June 22. Professor Carr will discuss the events leading up to the establishment of Cape Cod National Seashore and the development of the park over the years.

The event is free and will be located at Salt Pond Visitor Center (50 Nauset Road at the intersection of Route 6).

Wampanoag Lifeways Walk on June 21st, "The Greatest Beach" on June 22nd

LARP students Peter Wackernagel, Tasuku Kamei, and Sarah Welch tested a tactical downtown revitalization concept for an ...
06/03/2019

LARP students Peter Wackernagel, Tasuku Kamei, and Sarah Welch tested a tactical downtown revitalization concept for an "Urban Fabric Cafe" a place to get a drink and make art, with Professor Michael Di Pasquale, at "Florence Night Out" on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Ellen's Retirement Party
05/20/2019

Ellen's Retirement Party

Graduate and Undergraduate Ceremonies 2019
05/14/2019

Graduate and Undergraduate Ceremonies 2019

“Green infrastructure can address multiple challenges, and provide amenities as well,” says Robert Ryan, chair of UM...
05/03/2019
Great Adaptations

“Green infrastructure can address multiple challenges, and provide amenities as well,” says Robert Ryan, chair of UMass Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning in this article about how Worcester, MA and Providence, RI are adopting green infrastructure.

As rain sheeted across the 150,000-square-foot roof of a transit facility in one of the most flood-prone neighborhoods in Worcester, Massachusetts, things looked ominous. But instead of posing a threat, that stormwater slithered into a jumble of purple coneflower, Joe Pye weed, Russian sage, and oth...

Final Presentations Spring 2019
05/02/2019

Final Presentations Spring 2019

DB Party and LARP Awards Ceremony
05/02/2019

DB Party and LARP Awards Ceremony

Final Presentations Spring 2019
05/01/2019

Final Presentations Spring 2019

LARP PhD student Lara Furtado presented her research describing the benefits of using a "Collaborative Community Workspa...
04/30/2019

LARP PhD student Lara Furtado presented her research describing the benefits of using a "Collaborative Community Workspace" model for equitable University-Community engagement at this year's Urban Affairs Conference in Los Angeles on April 27, 2019.

THANK YOU for helping us meet our goal of $6100 for #UMassGives. This means we've unlocked a $400,000 gift from an anony...
04/30/2019
#UMassGives

THANK YOU for helping us meet our goal of $6100 for #UMassGives. This means we've unlocked a $400,000 gift from an anonymous family foundation.

THERE'S MORE!

If we reach our new goal of $406,500, we will unlock 200K from Dong Zhang and Ziying Tang!

Help us meet this goal: http://bit.ly/UMassGives-LARP

Give now and support your favorite area of campus!

Your gift during #UMassGives will go towards scholarship funds, student travel opportunities, and the tech infrastructur...
04/29/2019

Your gift during #UMassGives will go towards scholarship funds, student travel opportunities, and the tech infrastructure our department needs to ensure student success. Give today at http://bit.ly/UMassGives-LARP

#UMassGives is here! Support UMass Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning today and tomorrow!If you help us reach ...
04/29/2019
#UMassGives

#UMassGives is here! Support UMass Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning today and tomorrow!

If you help us reach our goal of $1,000, Matthew Cunningham '00 will generously make a $5,000 gift!

Every bit counts! Please consider making a gift at http://bit.ly/UMassGives-LARP

Pie A Professor BSLA Fundraiser 4/19/2019
04/22/2019

Pie A Professor BSLA Fundraiser 4/19/2019

SES Earth Day Event 2019
04/19/2019

SES Earth Day Event 2019

In celebration of Earth Day 2019, the School of Earth & Sustainability (SES) hosted its annual celebratory event on Wedn...
04/18/2019
Students at UMass School of Earth and Sustainability stress resilience in combating climate change

In celebration of Earth Day 2019, the School of Earth & Sustainability (SES) hosted its annual celebratory event on Wednesday, April 17th in the John W. Olver Design Building.

https://www.wwlp.com/news/local-news/hampshire-county/umass-students-stress-resilience-in-combating-climate-change/1933726363

Hope and resilience were the themes of Wednesday's Earth Day Celebration at the UMass School of Earth and Sustainability in Amherst.

Congrats to our very own Tom Leary ’19 and teammate Ashley Olafsen ’18 for winning Isenberg School of Management's I...
04/16/2019
Let's Talk About It Wins The 2018-2019 Innovation Challenge | Isenberg School of Management | UMass Amherst

Congrats to our very own Tom Leary ’19 and teammate Ashley Olafsen ’18 for winning Isenberg School of Management's Innovation Challenge and $24,000 in equity-free funding for their venture 'Let’s Talk About It'.

'Let’s Talk About It' offers a curriculum for middle and high schoolers focusing on areas including body image, self-esteem, mental health, LGBTQIA+ topics, and healthy relationships through a series of 10 online video workshops.

Let's Talk About It won top honors among the six ventures competing for seed money at the 2018-2019 Innovation Challenge Final.

Mayor Domenic Sarno recently presented new development projects proposed for downtown Springfield. Included was a mixed-...
04/08/2019

Mayor Domenic Sarno recently presented new development projects proposed for downtown Springfield. Included was a mixed-use infill building created for the city by the UMass Design Center. In addition, the Design Center recently completed drawings for a proposed new hotel across from Springfield's convention center.

Both projects were completed by Design Center Co-Director Michael DiPasquale, AICP/AIA and LARP students Allyson Fairweather and David Hooper.

Urban Greenway Planning: Adapting to Expanding and Contracting CitiesMarch 28-30, 2019
04/01/2019

Urban Greenway Planning: Adapting to Expanding and Contracting Cities
March 28-30, 2019

Urban Greenway Planning: Adapting to Expanding and Contracting CitiesMarch 28-30, 2019
04/01/2019

Urban Greenway Planning: Adapting to Expanding and Contracting Cities
March 28-30, 2019

Urban Greenway Planning: Adapting to Expanding and Contracting CitiesMarch 28-30, 2019
04/01/2019

Urban Greenway Planning: Adapting to Expanding and Contracting Cities
March 28-30, 2019

CRM 30 Years Later: How the landmark project “Dealing with Change in the Connecticut River Valley” became an agent o...
03/29/2019

CRM 30 Years Later: How the landmark project “Dealing with Change in the Connecticut River Valley” became an agent of change
- The celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Center for Rural Massachusetts.

Our Master's in Regional Planning was rated #1 in the country! Hear more about planning at our alumni panel happening at...
03/20/2019
UMass master’s in regional planning rated #1 in the country by Bestcolleges.com | College of Social and Behavioral Sciences | UMass Amherst

Our Master's in Regional Planning was rated #1 in the country! Hear more about planning at our alumni panel happening at 4:30 today in the Design Building, Room 170.

The master’s degree in regional planning (MRP) at the University of Massachusetts has climbed to #1 on a ranking of the top 10 programs for 2019 by the website bestcolleges.com. The program is part of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, which has been attracting attenti...

Happy International Women's Day!
03/08/2019

Happy International Women's Day!

Happy #InternationalWomensDay! 👩🏽‍🏫 👩🏿‍⚖️👩🏻‍✈️🧕🏼👨‍🚀

At the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst, we're committed to forging a more gender balanced world, today and everyday. #BalanceforBetter UMass Amherst

Studio Presentations March 2019
03/07/2019

Studio Presentations March 2019

ArtSpace Seeks Executive Director – ArtSpace Maynard
02/15/2019
ArtSpace Seeks Executive Director – ArtSpace Maynard

ArtSpace Seeks Executive Director – ArtSpace Maynard

ArtSpace in Maynard, MA Seeks Executive Director Overview: The Board of Directors of ArtSpace, Inc. (ArtSpace) is seeking an Executive Director. ArtSpace is a nonprofit community arts center founded in 1987 and located in the Assabet Village Cultural District in downtown Maynard, MA. Our mission as....

Final Date for Submissions – Monday, February 18, 2019
02/05/2019
Boston Society of Landscape Architects – Recognition

Final Date for Submissions – Monday, February 18, 2019

Of Special Interest 2019 Awards Committee and Jury 2018 Winners 2017 Winners 2016 Winners 2019 BSLA Design Awards Program CALL FOR ENTRIES Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA) seeks to recognize excellence in the diverse practices of landscape architecture. Landscape Architects are encourag...

01/31/2019
www.crewboston.org

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY!
The scholarship is awarded to a female student entering her junior year, senior year or graduate program at an accredited college or university based in New England. Deadline is 2/28/2019.

Job Details | City of Worcester, MA
01/25/2019
Job Details | City of Worcester, MA

Job Details | City of Worcester, MA

Welcome to the official governmental website for the City of Worcester, MA. Here you will find all city administration, services and information related to Worcester.

Assistant Project Manager, Capital Maintenance - Brooklyn Bridge Park
01/25/2019
Assistant Project Manager, Capital Maintenance - Brooklyn Bridge Park

Assistant Project Manager, Capital Maintenance - Brooklyn Bridge Park

Reporting to the Director of Capital Projects & Restoration the Assistant Project Manager participates in the oversight of capital restoration construction management. The Assistant Project Manager assists the Director of Capital Projects by coordinating and communicating with internal staff and ext...

Job Opportunities | Lenox, MA
01/11/2019
Job Opportunities | Lenox, MA

Job Opportunities | Lenox, MA

Incorporated in 1767, the Town of Lenox, Massachusetts is located in beautiful Berkshire County. Lenox is a popular retreat, with every season attracting thousands to the Berkshires for its scenery, arts, and activities. Our official website is designed to be user-friendly and provide the public wit...

The town of Ware seeks person with vision, knowledge, and energy to fill the position of Director of Planning and Commun...
12/21/2018
Employment Opportunities

The town of Ware seeks person with vision, knowledge, and energy to fill the position of Director of Planning and Community Development.

Review of applications will begin on Jan. 4 and will continue until the position is filled.

This is a great opportunity to plan and implement. Work includes reviewing development projects prior to permitting and long-term planning; coordinating public hearings to review and deliberate on proposed development; coordinating and drafting modifications to the zoning bylaw; interpreting state and municipal development regulations; providing information and education to developers, residents, and other interested parties relative to planning projects; serving the Planning Board and other town land use and development boards and committees,
implementing special initiatives or projects; working with other state and local town boards and officials to coordinate optimal planning and development outcomes; supervising staff; and ensuring for the overall efficiency of department operations. The Director seeks and promotes economic development and guides the town's Block Grant program.

Applications and full job description are on town's website,
www.townofware.com.

Send cover letter, resume, and application to Town Manager, Ware Town Hall, 126 Main St., Ware, MA 01082 or to [email protected]. AA/EOE

This wonderful and challenging opportunity. Scenic beauty and outdoor activities. Vacant Mills. Grants - Block and otherwise. Historic buildings. Re-energized main Street and growing arts. Ware has it all.

Water Pollution Control Plant Operator PostingWater Pollution Control Plant Operator Description Ware Job Application Word Director Department of Public Works VacancyDirector Department of Public Works Job DescriptionDirector of Planning and Community Development PostingDirector of Planning and Comm...

12/17/2018
Jennifer Zarate

#ICYMI, our Regional Planning students have been working in the Town of Greenfield on improvements for the entry roads into town. Watch the video below, and even more info here: bit.ly/MRPWWLP2018

Together, #Greenfield residents and UMass Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning students are looking to improve Deerfield Street in Greenfield. I'll tell you how they're re-imagining the southern gateway into the city.
Here's a sneak peek ⤵️
Sustainable Greenfield
WWLP-22News

Greenfield residents, UMass students want to improve main roads into city
12/13/2018
Greenfield residents, UMass students want to improve main roads into city

Greenfield residents, UMass students want to improve main roads into city

Greenfield residents are looking to improve one of the main roads into town. A Re-imagine Deerfield Street meeting took place to address concerns like affordable housing and flooding while also introducing new ideas.

Some photos from our BSLA junior residential garden studio. Special thanks to our guest critics for generously sharing y...
12/12/2018

Some photos from our BSLA junior residential garden studio. Special thanks to our guest critics for generously sharing your time and expertise!!

Here are photos from last week's Zube Lecture with Liat Margolis of the University of Toronto! Come to the Design Buildi...
11/14/2018

Here are photos from last week's Zube Lecture with Liat Margolis of the University of Toronto! Come to the Design Building today at 4:30 for our last lecture of the fall, with Doug Reed of Reed Hilderbrand Associates:

https://www.umass.edu/larp/event/zube-lecture-doug-reed

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