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.