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Colorado Licensure Law Creates Strict Professional Standards for Landscape Architects

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2007--- Starting in 2008, Colorado will join 48 other states codifying the high professional standards and expertise within the growing field of landscape architecture. On May 30, Governor Bill Ritter (D) signed the Landscape Architects Professional Licensing Act, requiring every practicing landscape architect to pass a rigorous exam in addition to completing a combination of education and/or professional experience. 

“Landscape architecture requires technical expertise and an artistic touch, typically requiring years of university study and professional experience,” says Nancy C. Somerville, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).  “This act brings Colorado into line with 48 other states in recognizing how landscape architects protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.”

The Landscape Architects Professional Licensing Act covers the profession within the state of Colorado, encompassing everything from stormwater management to site design, green roofs to urban planning. The new law will require those who practice landscape architecture within the state to be licensed by January 1, 2008, after which Vermont will stand as the only state to not regulate the industry.

About ASLA
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 17,600 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.
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