Sustainability Gaining Interest in Landscape Architecture Industry: Survey

Sustainability Gaining Interest in Landscape Architecture Industry: Survey

Sustainability is taking on increasing importance for the clients of landscape architects, according to a recent survey.

Nearly three-quarters of landscape architects said their clients are very interested in sustainable issues, said the quarterly survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects. The survey compares attitudes from the first quarter of 2008 to the same period from the year before.

Nearly 72 percent reported their clients’ keen interest in sustainability, led by water-related issues, such as stormwater management and bioswales. Energy efficiency related to irrigation, lower maintenance, native plants and less lawns came in second.

Other sustainability issues important to clients included accreditation, habitat, green roofs and links to transportation, trails and parks.

The survey also found that a majority of respondents found as much or more work despite the slumping housing market. "Landscape architecture firms have turned to high-end residential work, commercial development, and public sector projects to mitigate most of the slowdown from the housing market," said Nancy Somerville, the organization’s executive vice president and CEO.