What is the Difference Between Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers

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Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers

in 2019

The Different Kinds of Landscaping Experts

The warmer weather is coming, and you have big ideas for your yard this year. You want to fully enjoy the best of Spokane, Washington’s amazing summer weather but don't know where to start to take full advantage of your outdoor space, we have you covered. If you've hopped online and started looking for landscape architects in Spokane, you've probably noticed all different kinds of landscaping experts.  The two most popular professionals you're likely to come across in this space are Landscape Architects and Landscape Designers, along with other tree and lawn-care experts. But who is best for your project?

Don't worry, many people get confused about the difference between a Landscape Designer and Landscape Architect and that can make selecting the right professional intimidating when starting to make plans for your outdoor space. Knowing what each professional brings to the table helps you to see what you need, whether it be Landscape Designers or Landscape Architects in Spokane. So, let's go over some of the differences between the two and get the ball rolling on building your dream yard.

Landscape Architects Accreditation

In order to become a licensed Landscape Architect in the state of Washington, one must pass a series of (4) exams and to obtain a license that verifies proficiency in various aspects of the profession. We are currently working on these exams to open doors to us in the commercial side of the industry and hope to be licensed by April 2020. In order to design commercial landscape projects, a Landscape Architecture stamp is a requirement. In residential design, a license to practice is not a requirement. Many professionals do not have their Landscape Architect designation, like us currently, but are fully competent in residential design. There are still business and contractor licenses required to work on residential projects, but there are less requirements for this work than in commercial design in terms of inspections and regulations on site.  

Generally, Landscape Architects possess a 4 year degree and many years experience. While this is also common among Landscape Designers there are no requirements for this title.

Although, a landscape designer may pursue an education that follows the same path as a landscape Architect they don't need specific degrees. Usually, a Landscape Architect will attend a college accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects and studies  

much more than plants. Being a Landscape Architect in Spokane, or anywhere for that matter, requires knowledge of irrigation and drainage systems, storm water management, electrical work, hardscape construction, and much more.

So who should I call?

As mentioned before, Landscape Designers and Landscape Architects are both competent in turning your yard into a sanctuary. They'll come to your home and take a look at your yard, ask you about your layout goals, plant preferences, budget, and gauge the garden maintenance you're prepared for.  The biggest key when selecting a professional to partner with for your project is to make sure that you’re on the same page with whoever you work with. Make sure your vision is aligned with their ideas and that you will enjoy working with them one on one.

Both professional should be proficient in layout, materials, plants and practical construction methods. As a customer, you’ll always want to complete your own research and see what photos they can provide for build projects and designs so you have a better idea on the quality of their work. Maximizing both the hard and soft elements to make your yard work with nature and bring out your dream sanctuary.  

Call Blend Outdoor Design today to allow us to show you our skill set that makes us a great fit for your project!