The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has announced that landscape architecture licensure is now the law in the District of Columbia. Law Number L21-0249 has passed the final step of U.S. Congressional review and is in the process of being implemented.
“Licensure is a government function,” says Nancy C. Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA. “A body of evidence proves that landscape architectural services have an impact on public health, safety, and welfare. Landscape architects lead the way on initiatives such as designing to conserve water and protect water quality, managing stormwater runoff, planning transportation corridors, and designing parks and recreation projects that promote active lifestyles. Now all 50 states and the District of Columbia have licensure requirements.”
The legislation adds landscape architecture representatives to the renamed Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture.