The science and profession of Landscape Architecture

What is Landscape?

Landscape "means an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural and/or human factors” (Florence Convention, 2000).

What is Landscape Architecture?

Landscape architecture is an environmental design profession and discipline, which encompasses the analysis, planning, design, management, and stewardship of the natural and built environments, at every scale and typology, combining aesthetics with functionality, for the better use by humans, following the principles of sustainability.

What is the scope of Landscape Architecture?

The scope of Landscape Architecture is broad and includes the ecological design of abiotic, biotic, and cultural features in conservation, development and restoration projects. Types of projects are: residential site design; parks and recreation; low impact development, monuments; urban design; streetscapes and public spaces; transportation corridors and facilities; gardens and arboreta; security design; hospitality and resorts; institutional; academic campuses; therapeutic gardens; historic preservation; habitat restoration; green infrastructure, reclamation; conservation planning; landscape art and earth sculpture; interior landscapes; and more.


  • Landscapes of urban and peri-urban agriculture

  • Urban and peri-urban wetlands - river delta

  • Sites of particular importance, such as cultural landscapes or historical landscapes, archaeological sites

  • Derelict or spaces in-between, "drosscapes"

  • Post-industrial retrieved sites, fields or city areas.

  • Landscapes of built structures and technical works such as roads (Egnatia Odos SA), dams (PPC), etc.

  • Metropolitan parks


  • Former military bases

  • Urban woodlands, ravines, torrents and other natural elements

  • Urban outdoor spaces

  • public gardens and neighborhood parks

  • School yards

  • community gardens

  • The surrounding space of urban and suburban conurbations, public services, organizations, shopping centers, industrial parks, etc.


  • Botanical gardens

  • The surrounding space and gardens of private residences

  • Urban islands and tree avenues

  • Planting design of the interior and facades of buildings (roof gardens and vertical gardens)

What does a Landscape Architect do?

A Landscape Architect is involved in the design of outdoor spaces of any scale and typology of the natural or man-made landscape. Called upon to combine the softscape with the hardscape and to participate with innovative interventions at all stages of a project, from the original idea to the final designs, analyzing and evaluating all the social-economic, historical, cultural, ecological, climatic and perceptual parameters. It may also undertake the supervision and construction of landscape architectural works.

How can I become a landscape architect ?

There is an increasing, interest in the education of Landscape Architecture. Worldwide, landscape architecture is taught either at undergraduate levels or postgraduate levels. Most courses are accredited or comply with the educational standards as specified by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).

Within Greece, two IFLA accredited postgraduate studies are offered: the Postgraduate Program of the Laboratory of Floriculture and Landscape Architecture of the Department of Crop Science of the Agricultural University of Athens and the Interdisciplinary Program of Postgraduate Studies of Landscape Architecture of the Departments of Architectural Engineering and Agriculture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Where can i find a Landscape Architect ?

Panhellenic Association of Landscape Architects has members all around Greece. Besides proximity and in order to choose a Landscape Architect for a project, the expertise and experience of the Landscape Architect as a designer or contractor is also important according to each project’s special requirements.

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How can Ι become member of the Panhellenic Association of Landscape Architects ?

The registration process is easy and simple. In the Statutes of the Association you can find the membership categories and the required qualifications for each category.

  • Fill in the application form and email it to with the required documents (diplomas, certificates etc.) as mentioned in the Statutes of the Association.

  • The application will be examined in the next meeting of the board of directors and you will be informed by email for the acceptance or not of your registration.

  • The registration is completed with the submission of the required documents in hard copy and the successful payment of the registration fees as requested in the confirmation email.

  • For further information please contact the General Secreteriat (Mr. Andreas Nassos) in


10 Dimitriou Psatha, Melissia

15127, Αttica, Greece


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