The State of Landscape

A recent review of architectural practice highlighted some of the challenges that people who design things to be made and lived in face: we study for the same amount of time as other tightly controlled professions, and certainly longer than those that aren’t tightly controlled, and yet we earn substantially less, whilst at the same time, we also see the work that we trained to do being done by people without the same training and education. Whilst this is causing a buzz amongst architects, it’s not news at all to landscape architects- we’ve always known that we don’t do this work for the early retirement.

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Landscape architecture and the future of the professions

The continuing steps to broaden the membership were discussed again at the Landscape Institute’s Advisory Council this week: on the face of it, I think the steps to broaden our membership and formally recognise management-orientated skill sets is really positive but there are a number of implications that do not sit comfortably, and I feel need further investigation. I wonder to what extent other landscape architects feel the same?

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