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What is
Landscape Architecture?

Landscape architecture is the design of outdoor public areas, landmarks, and structures to achieve environmental, social-behavioral, or aesthetic outcomes. It involves the systematic investigation of existing social, ecological, and geological conditions and processes in the landscape, and the design of interventions that will produce the desired outcome.

What Landscape Architects do?


Landscape Architects integrate and apply knowledge of ecology, socio-cultural factors, economics and aesthetics to create environments that are functional, innovative appropriate and attractive. The skill of Landscape Architects is visible all around us in the beauty and usefulness of our parks, natural areas, gardens, urban plazas, streets, neighborhoods and communities.

Throughout the world, in our urban, suburban, rural and natural areas, Landscape Architects play a unique role in shaping the land. Often sought after to join multidisciplinary consulting teams, Landscape Architects work for private firms, municipalities, government agencies, land developers, post-secondary institutes and non-profit organizations.

Landscape Architecture
Scope of Works

The scope of work for a Landscape Architect can vary dramatically. Many landscape architects are involved with master planning, site planning, landscape design, project management and implementation across a diverse, wide range of projects. Landscape Architects are involved with:

  • Commercial Enhancement

  • Green Infrastructure

  • Environmental Advocacy

  • Green Roofs

  • Habitat Restoration

  • Historic Preservation/ Education

  • Industrial Reclamation

  • Institutional Site Design

  • Interpretive Programming

  • Local Government

  • Naturalization

  • Neighborhood Parks

  • Placemaking

  • Policy Development

  • Public Engagement

  • Regional Recreation

  • Residential Design

  • Streetscapes

  • Sustainable Site Water Management

  • Therapeutic Gardens

  • Transportation Planning

  • Urban Plazas

  • Wayfinding


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