What is Landscape Architecture?
Landscape architects design the built environment of neighborhoods, towns and cities while also protecting and managing the natural environment, from its forests and fields to rivers and coasts. Members of the profession have a special commitment to improving the quality of life through the best design of places for people and other living things.
In fact, the work of landscape architects surrounds us. Members of the profession are involved in the planning of such sites as office plazas, public squares and thoroughfares. The attractiveness of parks, highways, housing developments, urban plazas, zoos and campuses reflects the skill of landscape architects in planning and designing the construction of useful and pleasing projects.
Founded in 1972, the Maryland Chapter of the ASLA is the professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 335 members within Maryland in 2019. 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.
The ASLA Public Relations and Communications department reach millions of people each year—advancing the awareness and appreciation of the profession and ASLA Government Affairs works tirelessly to ensure the profession is at the forefront with policymakers. These ongoing efforts strengthen the profession and, in turn, your career.