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University of Massachusetts Landscape Architecture

The Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP) at UMass Amherst provides sustainable solutions to complex problems. We educate outstanding students, serve diverse communities, and undertake influential scholarship. We seek to exemplify a new generation of professionals and educators who work collaboratively across disciplines and cultures.

At present, LARP has more than 270 students, including 180 undergraduate students and 90 graduate students. There are about 30 full and part-time faculty, plus a professional staff of 5, educating and supporting students.

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Programs in Landscape Architecture:

Established in 1903, our Landscape Architecture Program is the second oldest in the country.
Landscape architecture at the University of Massachusetts is an LAAB accredited professional degree program. Landscape architects today design cities and urban neighborhoods, parks, private residences, and commercial developments.
Landscape architecture at the University of Massachusetts is a professional degree program taught in a collaborative studio setting. Upon graduation you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to work in private or public practice.

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Programs in Planning

In the undergraduate Sustainable Community Development major, students can explore a variety of perspectives on creating a more sustainable world through planning and design. This major offers students the opportunity by drawing on a variety of disciplinary fields and working at a range of scales.

The goal of the graduate PAB-accredited Regional Planning Program is to stimulate creative and systematic approaches for addressing and resolving the physical, economic, and social problems of towns, cities, and larger regions. The program is based on combining theoretical, historical, social, political, and technical dimensions of planning practice.

Regional Planning (MRP)

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Admissions requirements differ, whether you are applying for a undergraduate or graduate program. For more information on requirements, please visit our websites.
Undergraduate Programs:

Graduate Programs:

Deadline for Undergraduate Programs: January 15
Deadline for the Master’s Programs: February 1
Deadline for Associate Degrees: March 15

Take a Tour:
Please take a virtual tour on our UMass Amherst campus. Our building, the John W. Olver Design Building is featured as one of the main attractions of the Campus. This award-winning building hosts the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, Architecture and Building Construction Technology.

Take the Virtual Tour:


Department of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning

210 Design Building
Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 545-2255

Frank Sleegers, Associate Professor Landscape Architecture, Recruiting and Outreach
e-mail: [email protected]

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