The World of Landscape Architecture

College campus? Check. Downtown park? We got that. Hospital grounds? Neighborhood plans? Public gardens? All of that and more. Landscape architects design almost anything under the sky.

Learning the Landscape

Design starts here. Before breaking out the sketch pad, landscape architects need to figure out what the client needs, research the site, identify possible uses, and, depending on the project type, solicit community input. In fact, much of landscape architecture focuses on the analysis, planning, and stewardship of the land before any design begins.

Benefits of Landscape Architecture

Restoring endangered wetlands, reducing hospital stays, securing government and other buildings, removing toxins from rainwater — these aren't pie in the sky. It's what landscape architects are designing right now. A few examples include:

Healing gardens — Working with medical professionals, landscape architects create landscapes that reduce stress, boost the immune system, improve Alzheimer's symptoms, encourage physical activity, and reduce time spent in hospitals.

Bioremediation — Landscape architects use natural systems of plants, fungi, or soil microbes to transform formerly polluted industrial sites into a safe and valuable public green space.

Green Roofs — Instead of a black tar roof, a living system of plants and soil can actually reduce air temperature by 59 degrees in the summer, save winter heating costs, clean and store rainwater, and provide habitat to pollinating insects and birds.

Energy Savings — Landscape architects can utilize trees, shrubs and other plants to lower a home's heating/cool costs by as much as 50 percent in the summer and up to 8 percent in the winter.

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