The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) founded in 1899, now has more than 15,000 members across the US.
The organization’s mission is to provide leadership and education to it’s members as they plan and design landscapes for homes, commercial buildings, institutions and natural environments like parks.
Landscape Architects Do More than Landscaping
When homeowners think of landscaping, we tend to think about the shrubs around our house and the lawn. But landscape architects do so much more so don’t hold back asking them for help with almost anything outside your home, including:
- Land planning and reclamation.
- Conservation, water drainage and irrigation.
- Outdoor living spaces with gardens, aboreta, therapeutic gardens and more.
- Security and privacy using fencing, gates, etc.
- Historic preservation and restoration.
- Green roofs and sustainability, e.g. how to create a low maintenance landscape using native plants.
- Pools, playgrounds, sidewalks, trails and more to enjoy your outdoor space more.
- Interior landscapes.
Landscape architects are licensed in all 50 states, but not yet in the District of Columbia. Members may use the “ASLA” suffix after their names to denote membership, and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession.