Washington, DC, March 26, 2009 – The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has proclaimed April 2009 as National Landscape Architecture Month. ASLA’s 48 chapters across the country, as well as the national headquarters in Washington, D.C, will celebrate with public outreach activities to introduce the profession as a green career choice to children, parents and educators.
“The profession encompasses the design of anything imaginable in the space around, between, or even on top of buildings,” said ASLA President Angela Dye, FASLA. “For students interested in the environment, conservation, and a blend of science and artistic expression, a career in landscape architecture may be a great choice.”
April encompasses Earth Day on April 22 and the birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted on April 26, founder of the American landscape architecture profession. Examples of planned activities this month include job shadowing with landscape architects and hands-on demonstrations of sustainable practices, such as how to build a green roof and how to design a reading garden. Many activities are open to the public and community members are encouraged to attend. Visit www.asla.org/lamonth for a complete listing of events near you.
Landscape architecture is a leading “green collar” job, and U.S. News & World Report named the profession among the best career choices for 2009. The average salary and bonus for landscape architects is more than $85,000, with those just starting their careers making in excess of $48,000. Professionals entering the field typically hold either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in landscape architecture.
Landscape architects work with architects, city planners, civil engineers and other professionals and play an important role in environmental protection by designing and implementing projects that respect both the needs of people and of the environment. Career opportunities include the development and preservation of open spaces, recreation areas, wildlife refuges, zoos, parks, golf courses and transportation systems.