Landscape Architecture is a dynamic, challenging field with abundant career opportunities. As modern society faces increasing pressures of pollution and sprawl, as well as numerous environmental and conservation concerns, landscape architects are increasingly needed. Projects range from residential to institutional, and vary from urban planning to restoration of historical sites and the preservation of natural ones. As public servants, private practitioners, and educators, landscape architects fulfill a key role in our changing world.
As the environment “heats up” the demand for landscape architects continues to rise; graduating students typically find great employment opportunities; and with experience and good work, a landscape architect can attain status and a six-figure salary with 5-6 years.
The opportunity to work on wide-ranging projects and to have an impact on communities and the environment of the future, allows landscape architects students to gain significant experience and satisfaction knowing their work improves the world around them.
Sustainability and Conservation Ethics
The professional concerns of present-day landscape architects include responses to some of the most pressing challenges of our time. The profession has long held a commitment to quality-of-life issues now recognized as crucial to our survival. Landscape Architecture embraces as a major ethical value the understanding and recognition that these issues are global in scope and apply to all of nature’s forms.
Landscape architects are responsible for sensitively arranging and relating the elements of built and natural environments, calling for extensive knowledge of design theory, technical competence, and a commitment to stewardship of natural, constructed, and human resources. Increasingly, current practice involves methods for environmental sustainability, facilitating decision making, managing information and assuming leadership in conservation, and resource management.
A Licensed Profession
To ensure high standards of professional practice, California, together with 49 other states and two Canadian provinces, requires that individuals practicing landscape architecture or referring to themselves as landscape architects be licensed by the Landscape Architects Technical Committee (LATC) of the California Architects Board within the Department of Consumer Affairs. As the regulating body for California professionals, the LATC assumes responsibility for protecting the public’s health, safety, and welfare. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is a professional society that works to better the standard of practice and advance the state of the profession.