October 22, 2010 Edit
An interesting document from National ASLA outlines some great information regarding the 'State of the Profession' which outlines a number of factoids on the profession worth checking out. For instance, did you know, that as a member of ASLA, you are one of 17,236 members in 48 chapters representing all 50 states? Also, there are 61 accredited landscape architecture programs - offering a range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Additionally, some info on the demographics of membership:
Some specific information on ASLA and landscape architect, for your information:
â€¢ There are about 30,000 landscape architects in the United States (U.S. Department of Labor, 2006), including 11,092 Full or Fellow ASLA members; therefore, ASLA represents roughly 37 percent of the landscape architecture profession.
â€¢ More firms are becoming multi-disciplinary. Some 7,144 companies employ at least one active member: 6,992 in the U.S. and 152 outside of the U.S. For context, U.S. Census data for 2005 reports 6,505 landscape architecture firms.
â€¢ Approximately 15,000 landscape architects are licensed.
â€¢ Licensure is not a requirement for membership in ASLA.
Some other info, such as a general overview of the history:
"Founded in 1899, the American Society for Landscape Architects is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing 17,000 members in 48 professional chapters and 68 student chapters. The Societyâ€™s mission is to lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments. Members of the Society use the â€œASLAâ€ suffix after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession."
More information, download the full two-page document here.