According to the latest Business Quarterly survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects, landscape architecture clients are increasingly green.
Nearly 72 percent of landscape architecture firms reported that clients are “very interested” in sustainability issues. The top sustainability issues cited by firms include:
- Water (bioswales, stormwater management), reported by 72.3 percent of firms
- Energy efficiency (irrigation, low maintenance, native plants, less lawn), 68.1 percent
- Accreditation (LEED points, national/state/local guidelines), 54.7 percent
- Habitat (open space, preserving natural habitat), 32.2 percent
- Green roofs, 28.0 percent
- Links (access to transportation, trails, parks), 25.4 percent
The survey also indicates that despite the continued drop in the real estate market, most landscape architects remained busy in the first quarter of 2008. The majority of respondents (54.8 percent) described their billable hours as average or above in that time period. In addition, 38 percent plan to hire in the second quarter, which is unchanged from the previously quarterly survey.