Well, I am pretty sure the DC/Maryland area is not the best, but it does have some good things going on. Maryland for example has some of the best environmental litigation in the country. Although these codes can be annoying sometimes, it can be nice to have the law on your side sometimes when trying to work with your clients wishes and trying to be a steward to the environment at the same time.
However, in my mind (and based on talking to people and reading lots of literature), I have to believe that Portland is the best place to be a landscape architect right now. They seem to be doing the coolest, most innovative, and greenest work in the country. Not to say that there aren’t a sprinkling of these types of projects in other cities, it just seems as if Portland has a higher density of them. Also, they seem to have a community that really embraces the idea of landscape architecture and fight for it instead of against it. Now, most of these ideas are just coming from assumptions from what I have heard and read, so I would love to hear from some LA’s from Portland to confirm.