What is Landscape Architecture?

Landscape architecture is the profession that involves the analysis, planning, design, stewardship and management of our land and outdoor spaces. Landscape architecture is one of the most diverse of the design professions in that it combines the structural design skills of architecture, the scientific principles of engineering and the development skills of urban planners. A landscape architect is uniquely qualified to create park and open spaces, better housing and commercial developments and more enjoyable recreational experiences. All this while addressing concerns about environmental protection of our resources!

The work of landscape architects is everywhere – in the design and planning of public plazas, parkways and school campuses, community gardens, hospital and wellness gardens, community parks, waterfront developments and corporate courtyards. Additionally, landscape architects play a major part in the preservation of national parks and monuments. Providing well-managed design and development plans, landscape architects offer services that reduce overall costs and add long-term value to a project.

A formal education is required to become a landscape architect. There are approximately 60 universities and colleges in the United States that offer baccalaureate and post-graduate programs. Forty-seven states currently require a license for all practicing landscape architects.

As environmental concerns increase and land-use issues become more important, landscape architects are being called upon to address more complex and challenging problems. Landscape architecture continues to evolve as it meets the challenges of a society interested in improving both the quality of life and wise use of the land. Very simply, landscape architects are shaping the future of our world.

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