Landscape Architecture


Landscape architecture is defined as the design and planning of an outdoor area. That area might be a garden, yard, or other defined outdoor space. A landscape architect will evaluate the space, and determine what types of plants are best suited to enhance and thrive in a particular environment. A client might provide input as to what he or she would like to see in the space during preliminary consultations. The architect must balance and harmonize what the space will allow with the wishes of the client. The next step is to delineate the space and decide the primary function of the space. This could involve changing the grades of land, planting any number of various species of flora, moving earth, and installing non-organic structures. A landscape architect must posses a wide range of skills; they must understand nature and the growth patterns of various species of plants, and must be familiar with techniques for manipulating land. A talent for design aesthetics is essential, since the finished product should be pleasing to the eye. A good landscape architect will deploy all these skills and talents in order to make a functional and attractive outdoor space.

People have been landscaping since at least the time when-wide scale agriculture took hold, and possibly before that. Any time people intentionally plant or landscape areas for specific purposes, they are engaging in a form of landscape architecture. Throughout Western history, public and private gardens have been aesthetically designed. Many private gardens belonged to people of the aristocracy or the governing class. France’s Palace of Versailles is an example of early garden design and an excellent example of impressive landscape architecture. In the East, Chinese gardens have been cultivated and designed for many centuries, and we do know that the town of West Lake was deliberately designed to be a landscape park in 1126. One of the earliest formally recognized landscape architects in the United States was Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of New York’s Central Park and Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

Landscape architecture is utilized in many public and private spaces today. The United States was the first country to officially recognize landscape architecture as a profession, and today state agencies issue licenses to individuals practicing this art form. The landscape architect might be involved in the process from start to finish, or only for certain parts of it. A complete project could include an assessment of the site, the application of quality, professional design principles, the creation of a design specifically suited for the site, supervision or participating in actual landscape development, and following up to determine whether or not the principles applied to the project were effective and meet client specifications.

A landscape architect can choose many fields in which to work. Public sector clients rely on skilled landscape architects to design parks, business corridors, highways, and government building spaces. A wealth of opportunity is available in the private sector, which includes designing landscape plans for residences, office complexes, recreational facilities, airports, educational institutions, and industrial parks. As cities become more populated, the need for natural spaces within urban environments also grows, creating new opportunities and challenges for professional landscape architects. The current ‘Green Movement’ towards ecological awareness also provides opportunities for sustainable and aesthetic landscape design. For a landscape architect, finding ways to harmonize industrial, commercial, and residential spaces with the natural environment is all in a day’s work.

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Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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Saratoga, CA
12893
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Gainesville, FL
50691
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Savannah, GA
9906
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Moscow, ID
11957
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Chicago, IL
12127
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Champaign, IL
43881
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Chicago, IL
7707
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Boston, MA
2422
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Boston, MA
27537
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Lansing, MI
21123
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East Lansing, MI
47071
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New York, NY
16212
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Brooklyn, NY
4707
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Fargo, ND
14189
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Eugene, OR
22335
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Portland, OR
30161
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Pittsburgh, PA
11197
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Philadelphia, PA
3497
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Providence, RI
2360
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Houston, TX
37000
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Baytown, TX
6658
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College Station, TX
48702
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Arlington, TX
28085
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Pullman, WA
26101
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Seattle, WA
45943
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Monroeville, PA
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Auburn, AL
24602
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Tempe, AZ
68064
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Tucson, AZ
279
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Pasadena, CA
1945
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San Luis Obispo, CA
19325
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Pomona, CA
22273
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Berkeley, CA
35830
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Davis, CA
31247
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Oceanside, CA
13537
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Modesto, CA
18410
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Los Angeles, CA
1221
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Tallahassee, FL
12274
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Ames, IA
27945
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Minneapolis, MN
51659
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Minneapolis, MN
1546
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Las Vegas, NV
29080
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Reno, NV
12942
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New York, NY
10260
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Greensboro, NC
10614
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