The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has declared April National Landscape Architecture Month. Throughout the month, ASLA chapters nationwide will hold public outreach activities with the theme “Discover Careers in Landscape Architecture.” The month includes both Earth Day on April 22 and the birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted, the founder of the American landscape architecture profession, on April 26.
Pat Caughey, president of ASLA, says National Landscape Architecture Month will provide a good opportunity for ASLA members to introduce the profession of landscape architecture to students in their communities. “With sustained growth in demand projected for landscape architecture services, there are major opportunities for young people considering entering the profession,” Caughey says. “It’s a very good time to be a landscape architect.”
Landscape architecture is the fastest growing design profession, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Recent ASLA National Salary and Business Indicator surveys show the average base salary and bonuses for landscape architects to be nearly $90,000, an increase of 20 percent from 2004. Firm billings increased 10 percent since the previous survey. Demand for landscape architecture services is expected to increase between 18 percent and 26 percent by 2014. The number of graduates from landscape architecture programs needs to increase by an average of 6 percent each year to meet this demand.
As a national organization, ASLA is working with the ACE Mentor Program, a program for high school students exploring careers in architecture, construction or engineering, and with the Cultural Landscape Foundation to reach middle school students through its “Cultural Landscapes as Classrooms” program.
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