The landmark landscapes of Central Park, Biltmore Estate, Getty Center, Myers Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway were all designed by landscape architects. The profession of landscape architecture has always responded to the complexities of the time. Landscape architects are responding to our time’s numerous environmental challenges by leading the sustainable design movement.
Clients recognize the value that landscape architects bring to a project. Landscape architects are uniquely qualified to lead project teams, using their expertise and knowledge of collaboration, architecture, ecology, grading and drainage, horticulture, history and art.
Landscape architects are design professionals who study the field of landscape architecture in college and pass a rigorous licensing exam. No one without a landscape architect license may legally call oneself a landscape architect or perform the work of a landscape architect. Landscape architects work in the public realm and licensure is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.
While horticulturalists and landscape designers concentrate mostly on planting and garden ornament, landscape architects design entire outdoor environments. Landscape architects’ work can range from large scale master planning of thousands of acres to the design of a backyard garden retreat. Landscape architects locate structures; design grading and drainage systems, circulation systems, retaining walls, small garden structures, plantings and water features. Landscape architects marry aesthetics with utility and site, creating beautiful, functional designs that are harmonious with the land.
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