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As part of an ongoing effort to make content more accessible, AML will make available to readers selected stories in Spanish.

The state of Virginia has regulated landscape architecture as a profession since 1980, certifying practitioners through its professional licensing agency. In 2010, landscape architecture became a licensed profession in the state.

A few bills attempted to deregulate or lower the level of regulation down to certification, but none of them made it out of legislative committee. Around 2011, then-Republican Governor Robert McDonnell set up a commission to eliminate regulations generally, including professions such as landscape architecture and interior design. Members of the Virginia chapter of ASLA persuaded the governor to remove landscape architects from the list.

Robert McGinnis, FASLA, Associate Director at Kennon Williams Landscaper and a member of the Virginia ASLA the section’s government affairs committee says interior designers and landscape architects are being targeted because people don’t know what they’re doing. “They see the word landscape and think we’re putting trees in the ground.” (Continued…)

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