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What is a Landscape Architect?

A professional person who plans, designs, and builds spaces that tend to complement and work with the surrounding natural environment. These places can be inside or outside, though landscape architects are usually recognized for their creative, beautiful, and functional outdoor spaces. Every landscape architect is different, too – each can have specialties in areas like stormwater management, native planting, construction detail development, green infrastructure, site adaptation, and reuse, recreation and trail design, teaching, research, master planning, ordinance preparation, and much more.

What Do Landscape Architects Do?

How Do You Become A Landscape Architect?

Landscape architecture requires at least a 4-year degree and the passing of the Landscape Architecture Registration Exam (L.A.R.E.)

 

Approximately 16,400 landscape architects are licensed in the United States. Licensure is required to practice in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Landscape architects analyze, plan, design, manage and nurture the built and natural environments. Landscape architects have a significant impact on communities and quality of life. They design parks, campuses, streetscapes, trails, plazas, and other projects that help define a community.  The projects below show the diversity of the profession, and many of the areas landscape architects can practice design. 

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