"Most people who go into landscape architecture and stay with landscape architecture absolutely love their jobs. There's a great deal of love in the profession. That's one of the reason landscape architects keep working to such an old age. They just can't give it up."

Marion Pressley
Principal, Pressley Associates

Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA) is the national professional association for landscape architects representing more than 18,000 members across the U.S. and abroad.

Career Discovery


Green roofs are just one type of project landscape architects work on.

Look at your community. How did the parks, residential developments, campuses, shopping centers, gardens, transportation facilities, and, trails and bike paths take shape? Planning, designing, and land use management is the work of landscape architects.

Landscape architects analyze, plan, design, and manage the natural and built environment. They are also problem solvers–they analyze the impact of a proposed project to be sure that it benefits the environment.


Interested in the environment and art? Landscape architecture is a profession that blends creativity and science.

Career Discovery

Our new Career Discovery website, aimed at students in middle school and high school, explains what a landscape architect does and how to become one. With a background that features the evolution of Columbus Circle in New York City from sketch to reality, the website shows how landscape architects creatively solve complex urban and environmental issues through design. Columbus Circle was redesigned by OLIN, a landscape architecture firm, and received a 2006 ASLA Honor Award in the General Design category.

The website also includes two videos — "Personal Paths" and "Why Become a Landscape Architect?" — featuring landscape architects and designers on why landscape architecture is the perfect career for art- and science-oriented students.