Matthew Benzie was an outstanding graduate of landscape architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst whom I have known for the past six years. I have had the good fortune to have Mr. Benzie in two of my planning\design studios and also in a research and writing class. I have only the highest recommendation for Matthew.
In the Landscape Design Studio, Space and Place, Matthew developed a fine series of five scale landscape models that explored the nature of landform, plants, and structures as the media that defines landscape space as a place for human activities. In an advanced landscape planning and design studio, Housing and Open Space, Matthew was the leader of an excellent team that planned a multi family residential community and open space system in Amherst, Massachusetts. The project engaged issues of public and private space, zoning and subdivision regulations, advances in planned unit multi family development, and the conservation of significant open space. Matthew demonstrated excellence in his planning and design ability with a keen sensitivity to the physical and cultural environment. He has fine graphic ability demonstrated in his design and planning proposals and in technical development of landscape projects.
Matthew Benzie has demonstrated his library and field research ability in my Environmental Design course that explored theory and practice in the 20th Century. He produced four demanding research papers and two excellent seminar presentations on spatial theory and specific works in planning, landscape architecture (including conservation and development issues linked to greenway planning), architecture, and environmental design.
Mr. Benzie continues to develop his analytic, planning, design ability, and skills. Matthew continues to demonstrate his professional understanding and advancing the environmental issues to serve human needs, wants, within an ecological responsibility.
Matthew, an outdoorsman and modest, is a great team player. He deals with complex planning and design concerns that address conservation and development issues. Matt will be a creative force. I give the highest recommendation for Matthew Benzie.
Joseph S.R. Volpe,
Professor of Landscape Architecture
Professor from College