What is a Landscape Architect?
Landscape Architecture Defined
Landscape architects lead the planning, design, and stewardship of healthy, equitable, safe, and resilient environments.
– From ASLA.org
Landscape architecture is the pinnacle of landscaping professions. It opens the door to a wide variety of landscaping projects – both commercial, public, and residential. You’ll find licensed landscape architects working in all of these areas.
Landscape Architecture differs from other landscaping related professions – like landscape design and general landscapers in Denver. In order to call yourself a landscape architect, you must have an advanced degree in landscaping. Schools for these degrees must be accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board of American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
Landscape Architecture Degrees
For example, here in Colorado, Colorado State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA). The only other accredited school offering a degree in landscape architecture is University of Colorado Denver Campus.
In addition to having the appropriate degree, you must also be licensed by the state of Colorado. Colorado actually has a state board of landscape architects which oversees the licensing process.
The LARE (Landscape Architect Exam)
The Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE) is the professional licensing exam for the profession. The sections that are covered on the exam include the following:
- Project & Construction Management
- Inventory & Analysis
- Grading, Drainage & Construction Documentation
Exam participants take the test on a computer. The exam is designed to make sure that those who earn the license have the proper proficiency to implement landscaping solutions which contribute to the well-being of the private and public customers the landscape architect will be serving in the future.
Do I Need a Licensed Landscape Architect?
For most residential landscaping projects, having a landscape architect is probably overkill. Green Mountain’s owner Denis McCausland has a horticultural degree and years of experience in solving perplexing drainage issues and installing retaining walls.
Landscape architects really shine in public planning landscaping projects. These public planning projects usually have much different requirements and considerations than turning your backyard into an amazing entertainment space.
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