According to the latest study from the American Society of Landscape Architect’s Business Quarterly Survey, the landscape architecture industry thrived during the first quarter of 2015.
The report revealed that 82 percent of all landscape architecture firms had billing hours that were stable or significantly higher than at the end of 2014. That average was up from 74.67 percent the previous quarter. While 76.75 percent of firms reported stable to significantly higher inquiries for new work at the end of last year, this number grew to 85.34 percent for 2015’s first quarter.
As these firms grow their businesses, they also plan to increase hiring, according to the study. Almost 62 percent of firms with two or more employees reported they would be taking on more staff members during the second quarter of 2015. This number grew significantly from just 50.63 percent in the last quarter of 2014. Over 55 percent of firms with between five to nine workers plan to hire more employees this year – from entry-level workers to experienced professionals.
The study also noted that landscape architecture firms’ customers are still eager for sustainable design options for a variety of reasons, including minimizing negative environmental impacts, meeting government requirements, saving money on maintenance and upkeep, and adding marketing cachet.
In addition to the increase in demand for landscape architecture services, there has been other positive news for the industry. ASLA will receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which aims to promote creativity throughout the U.S. The NEA will give $40,000 to the ASLA for the Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project. Located in D.C., this sustainable network of connected vegetated systems serves not only to effectively manage urban storm water, but also demonstrates how to beautify the city landscape.