|Image: Front cover of "Landscape Architecture, A guide for clients" (source)|
Divided into three main sections, the first two -- What landscape architects offer and The landscape architect's role -- describe a landscape architect's skills and roles, respectively. Criteria for selecting a landscape architect and summaries of the projects featured in the report make up the third section. The project summaries is an excellent resource -- clients can easily compare projects across client type, location, size, landscape architect, funding, etc. A web-based version of the project summaries would be a great extension of the guide, especially if it regularly updated.
I like the palette of projects used to illustrate the skills and roles of landscape architects is fantastic. Projects varied across scales and client types. The graphics were also diverse: sketches, photographs, sections, maps, and more.
I have not come across a U.S. version of a landscape architecture guide tailored to clients. "Landscape Architecture, A guide for clients" could also serve as a guide for landscape architects. There are numerous ways to answer, "What is a landscape architect?" The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) might consider publishing such a guide for next year's National Landscape Architecture Month.
The guide is available for purchase on the Landscape Institute's website. Thank you to Stephen Russell for a review copy.