Thursday March 28 to

Saturday March 30, 2019

University of Massachusetts

Amherst, MA, USA

Campus Center



The Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning is held every three years to bring together experts who are influencing landscape planning, policy making and greenway planning from the local to international level. It is intended to highlight recent trends and expand the literature about landscape and greenway planning. The aim is to explore how landscape architects and planners from different countries have approached greenway planning and to understand how greenways have been tailored to each county’s unique geographical, cultural, and political circumstances. The conference provides an opportunity to publish full papers in printed proceedings.

Announcing our 2019 Keynote Speakers:

Graduated Landscape Architect, head of Department of Garden Art, Dean of the Faculty of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism Budapest, Szent István University. He is a researcher, teacher, guest professor and active landscape designer, with international design experience, having his own office (Lépték Terv) since 2000 in Budapest, Hungary and since 2007 the AB PLAN in Romania. He has worked in Germany, Holland and Spain and has had more than 50 realized landscape and open space design projects. He is member of the steering committee of the Hungarian Association of Landscape Architects. Being the leader of several research projects in the last 10 years, he has a rich scientific experience as well. He was awarded, among others, in 16 design competitions, and he won several national and international awards, for instance the "Landscape Architect of the Year” prizes in Hungary in 2012 and 2017, and the "Europa Nostra Prize of Cultural Heritage” in 2014.


Luis Ribeiro graduated in Landscape Architecture from Lisbon University and developed his Ph. D. at UMASS-Amherst under the guidance of Julius Fábos. For the last 30 years he has been teaching, researching and practicing landscape architecture both at Lisbon University and TOPIARIS Design Office. Founding partner of TOPIARIS (1988), based in Lisbon, he has coordinated large scale projects in different geographical contexts. He is an expert in historical garden restoration and has coordinated many relevant projects. Under his coordination, TOPIARIS’s projects have received awards, including the TAGUS LINEAR PARK (ARCHMARATHON 2016 Landscape Award, WAN award Landscape 2016, American Architecture Prize – Bronze medal, 2016). Currently his focus is on coordinating and collaborating in greenway planning, design projects as well as their construction and management. Publishes in several journals in Europe, USA, Asia, mainly in China.

Member the Portuguese Association of Landscape Architects and co-founder of the Portuguese Greenways Association. He joined by invitation the National Academy of Fine Arts.

Nancy Rottle, PLA, FASLA, is a Professor at the University of Washington where she has served on the Landscape Architecture faculty since 2001 and is the founding director of the UW Green Futures Research and Design Lab. A licensed landscape architect, over her 30+ years of professional experience Nancy has designed and led numerous projects, winning local and national awards including ASLA Honor Awards for Open Space Seattle 2100 and the Central Puget Sound Regional Open Space Strategy.

Nancy lectures globally, and for the past decade has led annual study tours to Scandinavia to investigate innovative and responsive urban design practices implemented there. She was a 2009 recipient of a Senior Scholar Fulbright Fellowship to New Zealand where she pursued studies on urban green infrastructure. She is the co-author of Basics Landscape Architecture: Ecological Design (AVA Press 2011), vice-chair of the edited volume, Green Infrastructure Implementation (Water Environment Federation 2014) and is working on a book on artful design for managing stormwater.

About Julius Fábos

Julius Gy. Fábos is an emeritus professor of landscape planning and recipient of an honorary degree from the University of Horticulture, Budapest, Hungary. BS in plant sciences, Rutgers, 1961; MLA, Harvard, 1964; PhD in landscape planning and conservation, Michigan, 1973; Fellow, ASLA, 1985; ASLA Medallist, 1997. Principal developer of the METLAND System for landscape assessment and planning; has been awarded numerous research grants. Author and editor of more than 200 articles and research bulletins, as well as five books, the latest of which are: Land Use Planning, published by Chapman and Hall, 1985 and co-editor of the book entitled, Greenways: The Beginning of an International Movement, published by Elsevier, 1996. Most recently, Julius was the co-director of the former New England Greenway Consortium with Robert Ryan and Mark Lindhult; and was co-editor with Robert Ryan of the special greenway issues of this journal, with focus on greenways around the world.

Conference Committee

Co-organized by the UMass-Amherst Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning and the Szent István University, Budapest, Department of Landscape Planning and Regional Development

University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Jack Ahern, Professor, Conference Chair

Julius Fabos, Professor Emeritus

Robert Ryan, Professor, and LARP Dept. Chair

Mark Lindhult, Professor

Theo Eisenman, Assistant Professor

Szent István University, Budapest


László Kollányi, Associate Professor

Sándor Jombach, Assistant Professor

István Valánszki, Assistant Professor