Global Professional Standard

The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) working group “GLOBAL PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS” (IFLA GPS) was formed by the decision of the IFLA World Council in 2014 to explore potential opportunities and challenges of creation a global standard in landscape architecture and possibly certification system. Those who have expressed interest in the concept cite its potential benefits:

  • Greater professional recognition and status (several countries lack title/practice acts or do not recognize landscape architecture as an independent profession);
  • Expanded body of knowledge as it relates to professional practice;
  • Increased professionalism;
  • Enhanced ability to attract the “best and brightest” into the profession
  • Greater mobility of talent and expertise to enhance the well-being of people, the environment and the profession;
  • Increased stature of national associations.

The topic was further explored during breakout sessions of IFLA professional practice committee at the 2014 IFLA World Council meeting in Auckland, New Zealand. As follow up IFLA GPS Chair Ilya Mochalov in partnership with the Council of Landscape Architecture Registration Boards (CLARB) Executive Director Joel Albizo engaged in a series of conversations and conducted initial research into potential options, benefits, and risks of pursuing global standards and certification. This research was presented in 2015 to the Delegates of the IFLA World Council in Moscow . At the outset, we recognize that pursuit of such a goal of the creation of the global standard is not without risks, challenges, barriers and complexities and they should be addressed in a respectful and straightforward fashion as the benefits are also considered.

During the 2016 World Council it was decided that the first step would be conducting the Global Landscape Architect Job Task Analysis, which should be done worldwide in partnership with CLARB . The survey of the critical tasks that landscape architects perform all over the world was carried in 2016 in order to help the profession better understand how landscape architecture is practiced across the globe as well as the demographics of those who practice the profession. An executive summary of the survey findings, with responses from over 7,000 professionals show the worldwide commonalities among landscape architects regarding education, location, experience and task frequency can be found here: 2016 Global Landscape Architecture Task Analysis_ES

What’s next? The survey data is shared with the profession and will be reported to the Delegates of IFLA World Council in 2017 in Montreal. The results will also from the basement for the future work of the IFLA Global Standard Working Group. Are you interested? Please, join us in this exciting work of shaping the future of landscape architecture profession!

Ilya Mochalov, Chair of IFLA working group “Global professional standard”


Members of this working group are:

Ilya Mochalov

Fritz Auweck

Pedro Camarena

Niek Hazendonk

Xiaoming Liu

Paulo Pellegrino

Elizabeth Hebron

Joel Albizo

Ian Wasson