Landscape Architecture is the profession that designs outdoor spaces for the public and private sector. It applies artistic and scientific principles to the planning, design and management of both built and natural environments. The Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA) is the regulatory body that licences individuals in the province based on their university education and internship experience.
This profession touches on a variety of different disciplines that work with land forms and structure, waterbodies, cultural and historical landscapes as well as art and architecture. Landscape Architects evaluate the natural environment and create man-made environments to solve problems and accommodate people. They look at the big picture and the long term consequences,working at regional or local scale. Following through with Project Management ensures that the vision is executed.
Landscape Architecture places the natural environment first and landscape architects collaborate with other professionals to design cost effective, sustainable and beautiful landscapes. For more information on the work and research of landscape architects see the following link: www.LACF.ca