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Professional and Practical Considerations for Landscape Design

Steven L. Cantor

Publication Date - January 2020

ISBN: 9780190623340

512 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock


Drawing on decades of professional practice and teaching experience, Steven L. Cantor's Professional and Practical Considerations for Landscape Design explains the field of landscape architecture, outlining with authority how to turn drawings of designs into creative, purposeful, and striking landscapes and landforms in today's world. This comprehensive guide consists of everything a young professional might encounter from conception through final project archiving, ensuring readers have both the tools necessary to keep up with advancements in the field and the practical business knowledge to build life-long partnerships. Each of the book's concise chapters emphasize a specific aspect of landscape architecture practice, from the administration of designs for contracts, areas of practice, human resources, marketing, construction materials, sustainability and ethics. Each chapter is written in a style that best suits the material. Alongside detailed definitions and practical "do's and don'ts" are 30 complex sample problems ranging in difficulty for both individuals and groups. An array of original photographs and clear examples in both black and white and color articulate standards and inspire future possibilities, featuring the work of Vicky Chan, founder of Avoid Obvious Architects, and Richard Alomar, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers and co-founder of New York Urban Sketchers. By combining the author's unique depth of knowledge with real-world case studies from America, Asia, and Europe, Professional and Practical Considerations for Landscape Design is an up-to-date resource for every level of reader, from students in landscape architecture programs to professionals working in public or private practice, engineering, consulting, or contracting.


  • End-of-chapter materials perfect for courses in landscape architecture professional practice, such as discussion points and drawing solutions
  • Stunning, newly created designs from Vicky Chan and Richard Alomar
  • Provides indispensable tools to verify the completeness of architectural drawings
  • Includes industry "Do's" and "Do Not's" that outline best practices for each stage of project development
  • Offers concrete approaches to on-site conditions and problems
  • Allows readers to test their knowledge and explore possibilities for design without the risk of copying from others

About the Author(s)

Steven L. Cantor, RLA, ASLA, has worked in private practice for firms in New York City and Atlanta. He taught at the University of Georgia School of Environmental Design in Athens, the University of Colorado in Boulder, the New York Botanical Garden, and Anhalt University in Bernburg, Germany. He has written about landscape architecture for over thirty years in books, journals, magazines, and websites.

Vicky Chan, architect, founded Avoid Obvious Architects in 2012, a firm focused on combining art with green technology. His projects have been exhibited in 37 cities and have won 38 design awards. Starting in 2020, Chan is President of the American Institute of Architects Hong Kong Chapter.

Richard Alomar, RLA, is the Associate Director of the Office of Urban Extension and Engagement and an Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.


"Overall, Landscape Design is perfect as a study guide for the landscape architecture registration exam, and especially for those planning to establish their own firms for good, common sense practices. I highly recommend the instructional Professional and Practical Considerations for Landscape Design for students, emerging professionals, and those of us already working within the field as the fully comprehensive go-to resource and convenient guidebook for successful practice. I will definitely keep this superb handbook close." -- Linda Velazquez, Greenroofs.com

"There are very few publications that provide the information that Cantor so comprehensively covers in this book. It is one thing to advocate for particular methods of practice, but it's another to suggest alternatives and contingencies in a such a remarkably well-organized manner. Cantor's book is made for designers young and old." -- Susannah Drake, FASLA, AIA, Founding Principal of DLANDstudio

Table of Contents


    Chapter 1:

    Chapter 2:
    Part 1: Project Management
    Part 2: Billing, Office Standards and the Metric System

    Chapter 3:

    Chapter 4:
    Part 1: Marketing
    Part 2: Human Resources

    Chapter 5:
    Part 1: Surveys
    Part 2: Conceptual, Schematic, Design Development and Master Plan Drawings
    Part 3: Construction Drawings
    Part 4: Planting Drawings

    Chapter 6:
    Part 1: Building Code
    Part 2: Specifications
    Part 3: Cost Estimate

    Chapter 7: Areas of Practice
    Part 1: Site Planning
    Part 2: Residential Design
    Part 3: Public Works
    Part 4: Roof Gardens and Green Roofs
    Part 5: Environmental Assessment
    Part 6: International Work

    Chapter 8: Construction Materials and Details
    Part 1: Pavements, Steps and Walls
    Part 2: Lighting, Irrigation and Water Features
    Part 3: Metal, Wood, Plastics, and Site Furniture
    Part 4: Site Inspections

    Chapter 9: Ethics and Sustainability
    Part 1: Ethics
    Part 2: Sustainability

    Chapter 10: References


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