About the Profession
Landscape Architecture– we design the public realm. It can often be difficult to pin-down what Landscape Architecture does; it is abroad discipline with numerous paths. It is a highly creative discipline with a deep foundation in ecology and design, history and culture, context and philosophy, urban planning and planting design. In the end, we in Landscape Architecture design and plan the spaces where we spend our public and private lives outside.
Landscape Architects connect place and people to develop the most sustainable communities possible. This profession mixes ecology, engineering, entrepreneurship, design, through the application of creative expertise in human and environmental health, beauty, and culture– a discipline at the intersection of environmental science, art, and ecology. Landscape architects can make an extraordinary positive impact on the lives of people and their environment: your work can restore endangered wetlands, reduce hospital stays, create habitats for endangered species, grow food, organize creative play and even remove toxins from rainwater.
At Cal Poly Pomona we are working to empower the landscape of the future by educating those that will create it–people like you. As the largest and most diverse program of our kind in the nation, the department uses the creative and cultural capital of Southern California to train bravely curious students to address the ecological and social challenges of the 21st century.
What is Landscape Architecture?
Landscape Architects design projects at all scales, from the residential gardens as a work of art to the National Park as a critical piece of natural and cultural conservation. We design cities to work in harmony with ecology and promote the design of healthy public space. We design system to protect and conserve our natural resources while we design road networks to promote multimodal transportation. We work with communities to empower change and lead by design. Consdier Central Park, our National Parks, your neighborhood park, your favorite urban palza, that cafe courtyard you like so much– all the work of landscape architects. Green roofs, urban farms, corporate campuses-- all of these are encompassed by landscape architecture.
For more than 100 years, the American Society of Landscape Architects has promoted the landscape architecture profession and advanced the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship. As the national professional association for landscape architects, ASLA has more than 18,000 members and 48 chapters, representing all 50 states, U.S. territories, and 68 countries around the world.
If you are pursuing a career as a landscape architect, you should consider becoming an ASLA member! Members enjoy many benefits and discounts including access to JobLink, ASLA’s searchable job database, as well as the Advocacy Network – a source dedicated to shaping our political future. Best of all, being an ASLA member means contributing to the Association’s efforts to raise awareness of the profession, and advocate on legislative issues that matter most to the profession.
Visit www.asla.org to become a member or learn more about membership benefits.
The mission of the Emerging Professionals (EP) program is to identify and respond to the needs of those who are new to the profession of Landscape Architecture in Southern California. If you are a young professional who desires more social involvement with other landscape architecture professionals, this group is for you.
EP focuses on organizing three types of activities:
Monthly networking events
project tours, site visits and project previews
workshops & lectures
Gatherings alternate between meetings and social events, and EP plans to hold crossover socials with allied professional groups such as the AIA, APA, ULI and City Planning. The group is not hierarchical and each participant is encouraged to step forward and initiate an activity or event.
Visit http://www.socal-asla.org/index.php/professional/emerging-professionals to learn more about Emerging Professionals.
The Southern California Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (SCC/ASLA) Mentor Program unites and utilizes the talents of students and emerging professionals with licensed landscape architects. Through the nurturing of one-to-one relationships, the SCC/ASLA Mentor Program contributes to the strength and success of personal and professional development in our profession. The Mentor Program builds a reservoir of networking relationships, enthusiasm, and continuing education that is mutually beneficial to Mentors and Mentees.
Through an application process, the program matches Mentees and Mentors based on their experience, business background, career aspirations, and professional interests. The Mentor Program requires a six month commitment beginning in January and ending in June.
Who are the Mentors?
The “Mentor Pool” is comprised of active full members of ASLA who have a strong belief in the power of mentoring, are interested in promoting leadership within the landscape architecture field, and who wish to make a personal contribution to the professional lives of others while enriching their own.
Who are the Mentees?
The “Mentee Pool” is comprised of active Associate and student members of ASLA who are interested in learning more about the landscape architecture field and seek a mentoring relationship.
Visit http://www.socal-asla.org/index.php/professional/mentor-program to learn more about the mentoring program.
Programs of landscape architecture are accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB). The mission of the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) is to evaluate, advocate for, and advance the quality of education in landscape architectural programs.
Licensure in California can be obtained through the combination of Education, Experience and Examination, often referred to as the three E’s or the three legged stool. Each of the three ‘legs’ are important to provide for the knowledge, skills and ability to help protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.
As defined in the Landscape Architects Practice Act: "Landscape architect" means a person who holds a license to practice landscape architecture in this state under the authority of this chapter (The Landscape Architects Practice Act). People without a licensure are not permitted to call themselves landscape architects or practice landscape architecture.
To qualify for the written examination, applicants must have six years of training and educational experience in actual practice of landscape architecture. A degree from a school of landscape architecture approved by the board is deemed equivalent to four years of training and educational experience. Cal Poly Pomona is an approved school for both the BSLA and MLA programs.
Candidates may take sections 1 and 2 of the LARE following meeting the education requirements, but must wait until meeting the full education/experience standard before taking sections 3 and 4. Candidates must also pass the California supplemental exam following passage of all sections of the LARE.
Visit http://www.latc.ca.gov to learn more about licensure.
Candidates must have at least two years of training/practice credit to be eligible for the examination. At least one of the two years of training/practice credit shall be under the direct supervision of a landscape architect licensed in a United States jurisdiction, and should be completed after graduation.
Visit http://www.latc.ca.gov to learn more about licensure.
Individuals who are licensed to practice landscape architecture in one state may obtain a license from another state by completing the reciprocity licensure process. To obtain a license in another state, individuals must pass the written examination and meet the education and training requirements for first-time exam candidates in that state. Different states have different requirements.
Visit http://www.latc.ca.gov to learn more about licensure and reciprocity.