PROTECT AND DEFEND LICENSURE
The practice of landscape architecture should keep the public safe from hazards, protect and maximize the use of natural systems and resources, and prevent damage to public or private property from changes in the built environment. The education, experience, and examination required to earn a license ensures that licensed landscape architects can effectively protect the public and our communities from harm.
The state of Illinois currently has a title act, which is scheduled to sunset on January 1, 2020. A landscape architect’s qualifications are based on education, experience, and examination in the field of landscape architecture. The law defines landscape architectural practice as the offering or furnishing of professional services in connection with a landscape architecture project that do not require the seal of an architect, land surveyor, professional engineer, or structural engineer.
The current law does not prevent any person being engaged in the practice of landscape architecture so long as he or she does not represent himself or herself as, or use the titles of, landscape architect or registered landscape architect. A practice act is important to Illinois landscape architects because of the real danger to clients and the users of these public and private spaces: physical injury; property damage; and financial ruin.
The Illinois Chapter has hired the lobbyist firm, Illinois Strategies, to assist in advocacy issues. The company will provide monthly reports to chapter leadership regarding matters that may have relevance to our profession. They will also work with leadership to craft language for submission to elevate the current Title Act to Practice Act. Membership will be apprised of key issues.