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ASLA seeks STEM designation for landscape architecture

Effort comes amid policy battles over licensing in multiple states and as group highlights profession’s role in environmental stewardship 


Oct. 8, 2021
By Walt Williams

What is landscape architecture? For Torey Carter-Conneen, the best answer may have been given by renowned 20th-century landscape architect Garrett Eckbo, who said his job was to fill in the gaps between the architect, engineer and nature.

“If you break down what that means, it is all the space in between: all the space and all the components between structures,” Carter-Conneen said.

Now as CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Carter-Conneen is working to further broaden the definition of the profession, at least in terms of public policy. The association is pushing to have landscape architecture recognized as a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field and elevate its role in mitigating climate change.