Landscape architects typically hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in landscape architecture, covering a broad spectrum of design, science, and technical know-how. Topics include site design, historic preservation, planning, grading and drainage, horticulture, and even subjects like psychology.
All 50 states require landscape architects to earn a license to practice. This not only involves earning a university degree, but usually several years of work experience, passing of a rigorous exam, and taking continuing education courses.
It’s easy to confuse landscape architects with other landscape professionals, but the difference is straightforward. Landscape architects design, often working with landscaping or other construction companies to install those designs. Think of the fashion designer imagining an outfit while a clothing manufacturer makes the apparel, or an artist designing a wall poster that’s printed by another company. Landscape architects and contractors are complementary but highly distinct professions.
Here are just a few of the project types covered by landscape architecture:
School and college campuses
Corporate and commercial grounds
Public gardens and arboreta
Historic preservation and restoration
Hotels, resorts, golf courses
Hospital and other facility sites
Landscape art and earth sculpture
Parks and recreation
Land reclamation and rehabilitation
Streetscapes and public spaces
Transportation corridors and facilities
Urban and suburban design
For more information on award winning designs in and around Louisiana, view the PDF of the 2011 LCASLA Awards.