Demand For Landscape Architecture Services Remains Strong
Many Firms Seeking Additional Staff
Washington, DC, November 19, 2007— Despite a housing slowdown, the vast majority of landscape architecture firms report they are just as or even more busy than before, according to a third quarter survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). More than three out of four firms reported steady or increased billable hours compared to the previous quarter, and four in ten firms were planning to hire additional staff.
“The demand for landscape architecture services remains strong in the traditional markets, while it continues to grow in emerging areas, particularly for sustainable design services,” said Nancy C. Somerville, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA. “With only 30,000 landscape architects in the U.S. and the projected growth in demand for landscape architecture services, there are significant opportunities for young people considering entering the profession.” ASLA is working with the ACE Mentor program and other organizations to introduce the profession to prospective students, and will celebrate National Landscape Architecture Month in April 2008 around the theme “Discover Careers in Landscape Architecture.”
Nearly 44 percent of respondents described their billable hours as either “well above” or “slightly above” average. Thirty-three percent said that billable hours were “average,” while 24 percent said hours were either “slightly below” (20 percent) or “well below” average (4 percent). Inquiries were more evenly distributed: six percent reported well above average inquiries, 30 percent reported slightly above, 30 percent reported average, and 35 percent reported their inquiries were down this quarter.
Forty-one percent of firms surveyed also said they are hiring new employees in the fourth quarter.
ASLA emailed a brief questionnaire to the key firm contacts across the country, and received responses from 251 independent landscape architecture firms. The survey will be repeated in mid-January, 2008, and the results will be reported in early February.
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 18,200 members in 48 professional chapters and 68 student chapters. Landscape architecture is a comprehensive discipline of land analysis, planning, design, management, preservation, and rehabilitation. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship. Members of the Society use their “ASLA” suffix after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession.
Learn more about landscape architecture online at www.asla.org.
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