Frequently Asked Questions

Please check this section if you have questions about ASLA membership, programs, or the profession of landscape architecture.

About the Profession

What do landscape architects do?

Landscape architects analyze, plan, design, manage, and nurture the natural and built environments. Among the types of projects they produce are: 

  • Academic campuses
  • Conservation
  • Corporate and commercial
  • Gardens and arboreta
  • Green infrastructure
  • Historic preservation and restoration
  • Hospitality and resorts
  • Institutions
  • Interior landscapes
  • Land planning
  • Landscape art
  • Monuments
  • Parks and recreation
  • Reclamation
  • Residential
  • Security design
  • Stormwater management
  • Streetscapes and public spaces
  • Therapeutic gardens
  • Transportation corridors
  • Urban design.

Who are their clients?

Residential design is the largest market sector. Most of that work consists of single-family homes, but also includes multi-family and retirement communities.

Three largest client groups, in descending order:

  • Private-home owners
  • Architects
  • Cities/municipalities.

For smaller firms (four employees or fewer):

  • Private-home owners.

What are they paid?
Average annual salary and bonuses for those in the landscape architecture field total $78,600 (2010-11 ASLA National Salary Survey).

How many landscape architects are there in the United States?
The U.S. Department of Labor in 2012 (most recent count) identified 20,100 employees in the landscape architecture field, a significant drop from the 2008 count due to the economy. That number has grown since then.

How many landscape architects are licensed?
Approximately 16,000 landscape architects are licensed. Licensure is required in all 50 states to be identified as a “landscape architect” and in 47 states to practice landscape architecture.

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