Work increases for landscape architecture firms

Updated Feb 19, 2013

Three in four landscape architecture firm leaders reported steady or improving billable hours and inquiries in the Q2 2011 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Business Quarterly survey.

Overall, 73.8 percent of firm leaders reported stable or above billable hours in the second quarter of 2011 – the strongest number in more than three years. In addition, 75.7 percent reported stable or above inquires for new work. The increase in work has yet to fully translate into jobs, with one in four (24.4 percent) of respondents planning to hire in the upcoming quarter.

“We’re seeing improvement across all sectors of the profession, but I want to caution that the findings also illustrate how little work existed for the profession during the past several years,” says Nancy Somerville, ASLA executive vice president and CEO.

The ASLA Business Quarterly survey also asked about the aging population during the past five years. Project types with the most growth include healthcare design (41.7 percent), assisted living facilities (36.5 percent), active adult/retirement communities (35.9 percent), therapeutic gardens (32 percent) and aging-in-place design (29.2 percent).

To view the ASLA’s complete findings, click here.

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