LTE: Licensing for landscape architects
Licensing for landscape architects
By: Ryan R. Binkowski, Landscape Architect, Bonita Springs, FL
I was surprised to read a recent column in the Naples Daily News arguing for the elimination of licensing for landscape architects.
As a licensed landscape architect for 17 years and as a partner and chief operating officer of Waldrop Engineering, P.A., I believe this is a misguided and dangerous view.
Such a suggestion could put the health, safety and welfare of all Floridians at needless risk. Licensing for landscape architects is necessary, and it’s rigorous for a good reason: to protect public safety. The standards that come from licensing ensure that those who design and draft construction documents impacting our public spaces, transportation corridors and green stormwater infrastructure are qualified to do so.
Hurricanes increase the risk for Florida’s most vulnerable communities. Licensed professionals, including landscape architects, have the critical education and experience to develop necessary solutions.
Similarly, accountants, engineers and architects play a critical role in professions we depend on. They design and build our hospitals and protect our financial systems.
According to a recent study from the Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing, 67% of voters believe they are best protected by a licensing system that oversees education, experience and examination standards. The public recognizes the value of licensing systems.