• Hi Edward. I’m increasingly convinced that University Degrees, including Landscape Architecture, don’t need to become trade schools. Yes, there is some aspects of professional craftsmanship and design knowledge involved in our education, but how deep into the technical weeds do we really need to get? Can’t a lot of these things be taught in…[Read more]

  • As the Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture celebrates the completion of its 15th year at the University of Texas at Austin, Director Hope Hasbrouck reflects on the radical change the program has […]

    • Yes……the Seas on Planet Earth have been rising now for centuries. However, according to NASA, the average amount of “Rising Sea Level” per year is now .1 (that’s point 1 inches) per year. How can you even measure that? IMO, this topic is way over blown. Just more “Liberal” rhetoric.

      If everyone is so concerned about rising seas and rivers……please explain to me WHY we don’t just “discourage” people/developers from building properties adjacent to Rivers, Lakes & Oceans? I don’t know the numbers, but, I feel sure that the vast majority of Americans live on the East Coast, West Coast & Gulf Coast. Then, they all complain when a nature comes along in the form of a “Hurricane”. I figure, the Earth is going to sort of “doing it’s thing” now and long after mankind has left this Planet. Mankind on Earth is like a flea on a Dog.

  • “The future of landscape architecture includes me,” proclaims Katie Coyne, Certified Ecologist and Principal at Asakura Robinson, a planning, urban design, and landscape architecture firm. With a bac […]

  • There was/is a program called LandFX that may do this. I don’t remember if it was a 3d package though as I never personally used it (I prefer a combo of SketchUp & Photoshop for digital graphics). Good luck!

  • Those clever landscape architect memes your friends are sharing? They’re probably from the new instagram phenomenon @thelandscapeofmemes.

    Land8 had the opportunity to ask @thelandscapeofmemes a series of […]

  • Bob – did you actually read what I wrote? I’m pointing out the professional exam doesn’t have a graphic component and hasn’t for decades. Yes, we used to have to manually draw the G&D plan, and site plan sections of the exam, but it wasn’t scored on graphic! There was no artistry involved. This isn’t an opinion, it’s a fact – so disagree…[Read more]

  • Bob, I would argue the purpose of a college degree is not confined to job training – regardless of major. Otherwise the university is just a trade school – and it isn’t. One should be able to graduate with a college degree, majoring in landscape architecture, and not necessarily be good at it in practice.

    Second, you seem to define talent in…[Read more]

  • Cars take up a ton of real estate in America’s cities. From local roads and on-street parking stalls to elevated highways and multi-story parking garages, cities devote 50 to 60 percent of their space to c […]

    • Just for a CHANGE…..would it be “possible” if we could get some well written BLOG Articles that are written by someone is NOT a “Very Far Left Liberal”…..Landscape Architects who have “practical” solutions……instead of farfetched solutions that would cost us literally Trillions of dollars. Besides, even if we all joined together here in AMERICA to create the most incredible ENVIRONMENT on the Planet…..What about all of the other Nations around the World who absolutely do NOT care….and we are not in a position to force ANY Nation to adhere to our Principals of what we may think is best for the environment. Environmental issues, after all are a GLOBAL issue, not just an American one.

    • P.S………Besides, the auto industry in America (along with Oil & Gasoline) are MAJOR driving forces in our Nation’s economy. Oh, it’s nice to “discuss” concepts like AV’s….but, these type of vehicles are WAY OFF IN OUR FUTURE!!! Can anyone even “imagine” the cost to remove all of our existing streets and highways…and force every American to give up his/her vehicle for an AV??? I’m all for creativity and “thinking outside the box”….but, too many of you are “extreme Liberals” with ideas that are just NOT feasible. Baby steps people, baby steps.

  • What brought you to your profession of landscape architecture? Who encouraged you along your career path? Who has helped you succeed and attain your professional goals? These are among the questions landscape […]

    • A very interesting article! I had some very early influences in my life that led me to my career in Landscape Architecture. My Dad, was a very gifted professional Advertising Artist & Graphic Designer…..Dad was a big influence on my wanting to be a professional designer, when I grew up. I took my 1st Architectural Drafting Course in the 7th Grade (and made an “A”), I really enjoyed the course. Took Drafting again in the 9th, 10th and 12th grades…and took 3 Art courses in Jr. & Sr. High School. So, my teachers even as early as Jr. & Sr. High had a lot of influence on my future design career.

      After 3 semesters studying @ The University of North Texas in Denton, Texas (just North of Dallas)…most of the courses I took were Architectural Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design…along with some basic required courses. Didn’t feel like I was on the correct career path, so, I dropped out & enlisted in the U.S. Navy for 4 yrs…that was in March 1970. I was assigned to be a Yeoman YN2 (the Administrative Assistant to The Air Wing’s Commanding Officer)…working for mostly Naval Fighter Pilots. I was on an Aircraft Carrier….and went to the Mediterranean Sea for (3) 6 month cruises. I had the opportunity on all 3 cruises to have a lot of liberty in Southern European Countries…like Spain, France, Monaco, Italy & Greece. What I SAW and experienced while on liberty were major influences on my eventually deciding to study to be a Landscape Architect.

      Seeing Plazas, Water Features, a wide variety of Plant Materials, various paving materials, Monuments, Italian Villas, iconic structures like the Acropolis and visiting the Vatican, steps/drainage/retaining walls…..and just so many other “design elements” that I know I was exposed to just sort of soaked….without my fully realizing it. After being Honorably Discharged from the U.S. Navy in March 1974…..I think I came to realize that the very foundation of Landscape Architecture was, at least, in part in Europe.

      So, in the Summer of 1974 while looking thru the Texas A&M University Course Catalog…..I came across the “Landscape Architecture” Undergraduate Degree Program. After read the list of the various courses in the design curriculum….I realized, THAT was what I wanted to study….that I wanted to become a professional “Landscape Architect”. My LA Professors @ Texas A&M were definitely a huge influence…..supportive and encouraging me along the way & I have to give a lot credit as well to my ex-wife while @ A&M (she is a very talented Graphic Designer)

      I graduated with a B.S.L.A. degree in Landscape Architecture in May 1977, Worked for (1) year out of college @ Lane L. Marshall’s Office in Sarasota, Florida (Lane was the President of ASLA at that time). In the Fall of 1978, I returned to the Dallas area to design for “Enviro Design” in Dallas (1978 thru Feb. 1991). When I began designing with that firm, their were only (6) of us who were LAs….within the next 8 years, the firm grew to (40) LAs…I was sitting in the #3 spot below the (2) Partners of the firm. I learned so much from the Sr. LAs, the (2) Partners and even from many of the young LAs who joined our firm…..I just became a “sponge” up until early 1991 when I left to establish my own (1) person LA Firm…..which I’ve been doing every since working out of my Home Design Studio.

      I also learned so much working along side Architects, Civil Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Landscape & Irrigation Contractors… well as Pool Contractors. Approx. 600 projects designed later…..I just know I learned much from every project & from all of the various designers also involved with those projects. Somehow, I also managed to squeeze in (4) years worth of “over-time”…so, sometimes it does take “burning the candle on both ends” to meet those deadlines.

      I’m STILL designing, even @ my age, nearly 70 yrs. old…..actually, really never thought I’d be designing anything at this age, but, I just feel I have a continuing creative urge that I need to fulfill. Still having fun! *smile* It’s been a long and amazing journey with no regrets in choosing “Landscape Architecture”.

      J. Robert (Bob) Wainner

  • As practicing landscape architects, it can be easy to feel distanced from innovation in the field. Designers outside of major metro areas – or remote from landscape architecture schools – can find it difficult to […]

  • Fair enough. My guess is talented students who work hard will have zero problem finding a job. (I’m excluding, of course, a massive recession period like 2008).

  • Bob – this is tedious and silly. Good luck with your crusade.

  • No, they don’t take into account attrition rates. You’re conflating growth with job openings. You can have 0% growth, and there will still be job openings at the entry level.

  • I don’t know about a political agenda – but definitely not facts. You don’t understand basic attrition rates in employment. Again, 0% growth rate would equate to 600 professional retiring each year and 600 people moving up the food chain – including entry level positions opening. (24,000 LA’s, working 40 years is 24K/40 = 600). And that is…[Read more]

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  • Mapping the Crisis 

    The world’s first modern atlas emerged in 1570. Nearly 450 years later, Professor Richard Weller, chair of Landscape Architecture at University of Pennsylvania, and his team produced “A […]

    • Who comes up with these LAME theories anyway??? Liberal Professors and Liberal Landscape Architecture Students……who rely on ridiculous unproven theories instead of looking seriously at the “science”.

      This whole notion that one of the major roles of Landscape Architects is to “SAVE THE PLANET” is getting really old people. Of course our Planet has “Climate Change”, it has from the beginning of time and always will. Mankind has absolutely ZERO control of the EARTH’s climate.

      The recent idea by some of the Democratic Party Presidential Candidates suggesting the U.S. spend $3 to $30 Trillion dollars to “Change our .Climate” is not only ridiculous but, completely laughable!

      CLIMATE (and air pollution – water pollution) are GLOBAL issue, NOT just an issue here in the United States. The U.S. has made major improvements in improving our Air Pollution problems…..but, take a close look at the rest of the Nations on our Planet…..they could care less. China, Russia, India, South Korea, Iran, Pakistan, Mexico….on and on will not and can not be made to reduce their Carbon Emissions. Really, WHO is going to make them stop???

      Legitimate Environmental Scientists have clearly stated…..that MANKIND can not and does not have ANY control over the CLIMATE CHANGES on our Planet. If there is anyone or any organization or Nation who truly believes THEY can alter the CLIMATE CHANGES on Earth……I would love to meet them….because, they just don’t exist.

      Just a last note. Satellite images of the EARTH show that the Planet is GREENER now that it has been in past 100 years. So, a TON of Oxygen is being released into our environment.

      Please LAND 8…..stop publishing these very LIBERAL articles that suggest Landscape Architect’s should spend their “design careers” in an effort to SAVE the PLANET. IMO, a vast majority of Landscape Architects are doing well just trying to make a descent living in this profession.

      • Hi Bob, thank you for your comment. Personally, in my opinion, Land8 is a platform to share ideas, including expanding our minds into possibly new ways of thinking every now and then. I agree with you on many of the points you made above. It is certainly an insurmountable task to be able to resolve it. Therefore, these days, with the topic of climate change being more prevalent now than ever and the irreversibility of it- it is not in thinking that you can save the world but what you can do in your own vicinity that won’t be detrimental to the planet. Hopefully the article does the job of allowing those in the profession to think about how our skills can be applied in the humanitarian crisis situations.

    • Great article Win, and excellent work by Richard and his team. I saw this when he first presented the material at a conference in 2018 and it was certainly compelling then and remains so now. Thank you for the article and for sharing.

      • Hi Angus, thank you. Richard’s work will remain a timeless contribution to our profession and beyond – making it accessible to everyone.

  • Sorry, you’re interpreting the data incorrectly. There are not 160 job openings each year – there are 160 NEW job opening each year in addition to job openings due to attrition.

    If there are 10 apples on a table (10 jobs) and each time I eat 1 apple (retirement/attrition) they replace it with 1 new apple, that is 0% growth. And yet there is…[Read more]

  • But I don’t think that is how the Bureau Labor statistics work (which may or may not be relevant to your position BTW). If there are currently 24,700 LA jobs (year 2016), and there is 6% growth over 10 years (1600 jobs), that means there will be 26,300 LA jobs in 2016. This does not account for “positions” created by attrition…it’s growth…[Read more]

  • Semantics, but I’d dispute the notion of only 1,600 new jobs based on a 6% growth rate (put in context with number of graduating students with LA degrees). This discounts all the positions that open due to attrition….people retiring, changing careers, getting promoted, etc. Assuming someone practiced 40 years, from age 25 to 65, that would…[Read more]

  • You’ve probably seen photos from Chelsea Flower Show. For a week in late May each year, the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in south London are filled with show gardens and horticultural exhibits. The C […]

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