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What is Landscape Architecture?

Landscape architecture involves the design and planning of physical sites such as parks and recreation areas, both from an aesthetic and resource management perspective. Landscape architects are professionals concerned with the creative, rational planning and design of our outdoor living spaces.

A landscape architect is trained to integrate human needs into the natural environment through a functional, aesthetic and economically viable solution. Landscape architects may provide a range of services such as planning and design, budget consultation, analysis and studies, preparation of drawings contract administration and construction reviews.

Chad Danos, licensed landscape architect who lives in the USA, explains the unique impact of his work on protecting the public and bettering communities — and why deregulating the profession would result in dangerous unintended consequences. Watch the video!

ASLA LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE LICENSURE HANDBOOK: Ensuring Safe, Healthy, and Resilient Natural and Built Environments
Produced by: Josh Sundloff, JD, ASLA
Produced for: The American Society of Landscape Architects
Original Creator and Contributor: Alex P. Schatz, JD

The purpose of this document is to educate and describe the importance and necessity of landscape architecture licensure through findings of empirical evidence of harm caused by incompetent landscape architectural work, which includes everything from the nuisance of repeated minor injuries all the way up to such things as permanent injury and death. In pursuit of that purpose, this document explains the justifications and reasons why landscape architecture is a licensed profession in all 50 states. This document also particularly illustrates the profession’s direct impact on the health, safety, and welfare of the public. 


Visit the American Society of Landsape Architects (ASLA) Career Discovery page for information on becoming a landscape architect. This page contains stories about landscape architects, videos about landscape architecture and architects, a PowerPoint presentation on the profession, a downloadable brochure on landscape architecture as a career, links to Bureau of Labor Statistics on the profession, results of ASLA’s annual graduating student survey, examples of great landscape architecture, and a coloring book for the younger set.

Click to view background photo & credits
Project: Hanley Residence
Landscape Architect / Firm: LeFrank & Associates Ltd.
Location: Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
Photo Credit: David Hollebone