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What Is Landscape Architecture?  

Landscape architects analyze, plan, design, manage, and nurture the built and natural environments. Landscape architects have a significant impact on communities and quality of life. They design parks, campuses, streetscapes, trails, plazas, and other projects that help define a community.

Landscape architecture services in the U.S. are valued at $2.3 billion per year, according to the National Endowment for the Arts. The latest data, which cover up to 2012, show landscape architecture services accounted for 14 percent of total architectural services. Residential design is the largest market sector. Most of that work consists of single-family homes, but also includes multi-family and retirement communities.

Some 22,500 employees work in the landscape architecture field in the United States, according to U.S. Department of Labor in 2014; this is a growth of about 10 percent from 2012, the previous count.

Approximately 16,400 landscape architects are licensed in the United States. Licensure is required in all 50 states to be identified as a “landscape architect” and in 47 states to practice landscape architecture. Learn more.

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