Article Author: Thomas R. Tavella
Like many disciplines within the design and planning realm, landscape architecture is starting to rebound after several stagnant years.
Green roofs are attractive, ecologically friendly, and can improve a client’s bottom line. The recession of 2009 and the subsequent halting recovery were tough on most architectural/engineering (A/E) firms, but it looks like the profession is starting to see growth again.
In fact, many landscape architects believe the industry’s recovery will be more rapid than other A/E disciplines.
One of the driving forces of the nation’s recovery from “The Great Recession” was a renewed focus on sustainability. With help from the federal government, a new commitment to sustainable energy and green technology has taken root in the overall economic infrastructure.
Landscape architecture is a natural beneficiary of this newfound commitment to sustainability because it is at the very core of the discipline.
Thomas R. Tavella, FASLA, is director of design for Fuss & O’Neill’s Landscape Architecture Studio and president of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Manchester, Connecticut-based Fuss & O’Neill, is ranked among the top 200 environmental firms and top 500 design firms in the United States. Thomas Tavella can be reached at TTavella@fando.com.
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