A Landscape Architect is a professional who is licensed to practice landscape architecture. Landscape Architects design projects ranging from parks, trails, community planning, school and professional campuses, commercial landscapes, environmental restoration, and residential landscapes- just to name a few. All 50 states require licensure which is one of only approximately 60 professions to be licensed in all 50 states according to ASLA.
To become licensed as a landscape architect in Washington a candidate must first meet the education and experience requirements. A total combination of professional experience and education (degree from an accredited school) of 7 years is required. Professional experience must be completed working under the supervision of a licensed Landscape Architect and verified. Then the candidate can take the LARE (Landscape Architecture Registration Exam). All exam sections must be completed and passed within a 5 year period (yep, it’s hard!)
After becoming licensed, Washington State requires each individual complete continuing education credits to renew their license every 2 years. Each state’s continuing education requirements are different.
Why hire a landscape architect?
The nature of your project may require you to submit a plan to your local jurisdiction that is stamped by a licensed landscape architect. But what if that is not a requirement?
- Quality design is an important investment. Landscape architects have vast experience and knowledge to create a unique design suited to you, your site, and the local ecosystem. A well designed and executed landscape will increase the value of your home and quality of life.
- There is a lot of value in having a plan. The design process offers many options and outcomes to get the design exactly the way you want it. Having a plan also helps in soliciting accurate bids and guides the entire installation process.
- Many landscape architects offer extended services through the installation process to ensure that the design is implemented as intended and to assist with any modifications that may become necessary. This service is called Construction Consultation at Kismet Design.
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