Experts Say Gov. Sununu Is Wrong: Licensing Landscape Architects Protects Public Health and Safety

Union Leader Op-Ed from New Hampshire Landscape Architects Sets the Record Straight as Governor Threatens Deregulation; Local Landscape Architecture Leaders Available for Interviews and Commentary


In response to an address and budget proposal from Gov. Chris Sununu, New Hampshire landscape architect Jennifer Martel published an op-ed Monday in the New Hampshire Union Leader (Landscape architects don’t plant rose bushes), which reads in part:

“Eliminating licensure for landscape architects is a drastic step that endangers public safety. [...]

“Due to the public health, safety, and welfare impact of the profession, landscape architects are licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Landscape architecture education programs include coursework in science, engineering, hydrology, horticulture, sustainability, geology, and technology. Like architects and engineers, landscape architects also must gain experience and pass a national examination to become licensed.

“Deregulation will not only impact public safety, but also create barriers for New Hampshire landscape architects to practice in the state. Eliminating licensure disqualifies New Hampshire landscape architects from bidding on public contracts in our own state.” Read on….

Martel and other New Hampshire landscape architects are available to speak with media covering the governor’s budget proposal:

Kalle Maggio, PLA, ASLA

  • Landscape Architect, Wright-Pierce
  • Secretary, New Hampshire Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects

Jennifer Martel, PLA, ASLA

  • Senior Associate, Copley Wolff Design Group
  • President, New Hampshire Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects

Randy Knowles, PLA, ASLA

  • Vice President Planning, The Dubay Group
  • New Hampshire Trustee for the American Society of Landscape Architects


Media inquiries

Landscape Architecture Magazine

Jennifer Reut 

The Dirt
Jared Green

The Field
Ali Hay