A Global Survey of Practice: What Do Landscape Architects Do?

ASLA 2021 Professional General Design Honor Award. Auckland International Airport. Auckland, New Zealand. SurfaceDesign, Inc. / image: Blake Marvin

The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) has launched a Global Survey of Practice for Landscape Architecture in partnership with the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB).

The aim is to achieve a better understanding of the practice of landscape architecture around the globe. By identifying similarities and differences in practice regionally and by country, the project seeks to expand the role, definition, and mobility of the landscape architect as well as understand how changes in practice, such as the response to climate change, have forced the profession to evolve.

The Global Survey of Practice launched during the IFLA World Congress in Gwangju, South Korea, last week and all practicing landscape architects globally are encouraged to complete the survey by November 6, 2022.

IFLA partnered with CLARB in 2021 to assist in developing and analyzing the survey through a data-driven scientific psychometric process known as a Job Task Analysis (JTA) in which practitioners participate in sharing their knowledge, skills, education, and practice focus. To ensure wide representation of the global profession, the survey was developed by a work group of IFLA volunteers representing each IFLA Region at a three-day session in May 2022 and revalidated by the work group in June 2022.

The survey is currently available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and German. Coming soon: Indonesian, Thai, Korean, and Japanese.

All survey submissions are anonymous and confidential—no personal information will be collected or stored.

The survey results and reports are expected to be available in early 2023.

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