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I have decided to talk about a topic which seems to be largely misunderstood, the differences between a Landscape Architect, Landscape Designer/Garden Designer and a Landscape Contractor with respects to their design abilities, education and services they are permitted to offer.
The field of landscape architecture is very broad and encompasses many different areas. Residential design is perhaps the most well known, but new schools, churches, libraries, office buildings, hospitals, museums, gardens, parks and resorts all use the services and talents of landscape architects.
"I hate it when people say, 'Oh, you're a landscape architect, will you do my garden?'" she says. "It's about so much more than plants and borders. There are so many different skills involved - at times it feels a little bit like you're conducting an orchestra."
Greg Stevens is the senior park planner for the Fox Valley Park District in Aurora, Illinois, where he develops and designs new parks and works on land acquisition, zoning, and grants for the park district. He has worked in landscape architecture firms all across the country.
When it comes to new construction and major home renovations, we as landscape design/build contractors are usually called into a project after the majority of the home construction is completed. In reality, we should be involved in the process much sooner.
Neglecting the architectures of the world's fast-changing landscapes will result in endless highways lined with endless blocks of endless tedium - dreary expanses of housing, industry, forestry and agriculture - our natural landscapes buried under repetitive building and planting.
Master planning is a major area of practice for many Landscape Architects. Landscape Architects often collaborate with other professionals.