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LPS #6: Role of Landscape Architects in Designing for Sustainability

August 20, 2010

Leaders discuss the strengths of landscape architects and their evolving role in the integrated design process. Featuring leaders from: AECOM, AHBE, EDSA, Foster Conant & Associates, HOK, JJR, LAF, Millenium Park, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Texas A&M University, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and ValleyCrest.

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Well, by definition landscape architects design for natural processes, natural resources, and people. So if that isn’t the basis for sustainability, then what is?
 - Barbara Deutsch, ASLA Landscape Architecture Foundation

I think landscape architects have a natural instinct when it comes to the land and the values that we need to place on it. And that natural bridge between architecture and civil engineering – we’ve always filled the aesthetic values that need to be put in place and managed through a project.
 - Richard Conant, FASLA, Foster Conant & Associates

I just do think that our strength is our willingness to be collaborators and working with other design professionals to just create great outdoor places in our cities – they’re so needed.
 - Christy Ten Eyck, FALSA, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects

The role of the landscape architect is changing in relationship to the architect. As the older architects who’ve been used to doing things in a certain way are sort of are passing on to retirement and the newer, more recent architects are coming on board, there’s certainly a sensitivity dealing with the landscape in a much more integrated way.
 - Edward Keith Uhlir, FAIA, Millenium Park, Inc

It’s evolved quite a bit. I feel very fortunate that more landscape architects are being asked to lead these kinds of projects. Because of the collaborative nature, because of the sensitivity to natural systems, because of the, sort of, whole environmental movement, many of us are finding ourselves in leadership positions that we didn’t used to be in.
 - Chip Crawford, FASLA, The HOK Planning Group

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