Let’s celebrate Sara’s 10-year anniversary with DG2 by learning a little more about Sara’s view of landscape architecture.
People often ask me what I do, since I am often running to meetings, site visits, or finalizing a set of construction drawings for permitting. The answer I usually go with is: “I’m a project manager for a local landscape architecture company, DG2 Design” which often leads to additional questions since quite a few of my friends and acquaintances don’t know what exactly landscape architecture is, and if I’m being totally honest I didn’t know what landscape architecture was until about 20 years ago. I’ve learned firsthand how landscape architecture provides benefits to the communities we live in and how their expertise is used to transform ideas into reality.
So, what is landscape architecture? “Landscape architecture encompasses the analysis, planning, design, management, and stewardship of the natural and built environment through science and design“ as defined by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Landscape architects are licensed professionals with degrees from accredited colleges requiring further testing and continuing education to obtain and maintain licensure. LA’s sometimes work in conjunction with civil engineers and oftentimes work on projects from start to finish, conceptual design through construction administration. Their skill set is varied and includes both the creativity and technical knowledge necessary to accomplish many tasks. They want to incorporate green roofs into projects to reduce stormwater runoff, plant native trees to reduce irrigation, design trails to be used as alternative modes of transportation, create parks for the enjoyment of children and families, and they want to make spaces for you to enjoy!