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Happy National Landscape Architecture Month!

It’s April, which means it is National Landscape Architecture Month! Founded by the American Society of Landscape Architecture, the month focuses on promoting landscape architecture as a profession to students.

As their website explains: “With the theme of Career Discovery with a focus on underrepresented minorities, National Landscape Architecture Month (NLAM) 2014 will spur a countrywide movement, teach children, young adults, and even teachers just how artfully landscape architects design their world. From community parks to residential design, there’s a field out there for any ambitious student.” Source.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we work with landscape architects on many projects as our goals align in many ways. We are both dedicated to enhancing the beauty and usability of outdoor spaces. While landscape architects design parks, shopping centers, school campuses, residential properties and more, lighting is often one of the components they evaluate for their clients. We work with the architects to pick the right lighting application and fixture for each of their projects.

Let’s take the example of a college campus for example. The school will look to a landscape architect to layout and design the flow and look of the campus from a landscape perspective. This includes not only plants, but pathways, parking lots, common outdoor areas, etc. After it’s designed, they’ll look at outdoor lighting fixtures that go with the overall look of the space, provide the desired effect, and are long lasting and reliable. Often times, they work with a trusted outdoor lighting company to help them with this part of the project.

The work of a landscape architect is both functional and aesthetically pleasing, but like all good outdoor work, it can disappear into the night without outdoor lighting. At OLP, our goal is to make the landscape work look its best at all times of the day. We do that by utilizing a number of lighting techniques, including up lighting, spotlighting, shadowing and silhouetting. When working with a landscape architect, they’ll provide the guidance on how the envision the final product and we will work to accomplish just that.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we truly admire the work of landscape architects. Happy National Landscape Architecture Month!