Frederick Law Olmsted was the first to coin the term “Landscape Architect” after designing Central Park in New York City in 1863. Generally speaking, Landscape Architects are people who are passionate about the environment and society and how they interact with one another. They design, plan and manage our lands, and they deal with the increasingly complex relationships between the built and natural environments.
Landscape Architects work as the link between the environment,
wildlife, the population and the built environment.
Their work combines vision, art, design and science; it takes thoughtfulness and appreciation of both the existing natural elements and the man-made elements that can be built to enhance the natural elements.
Land can be used for recreation, for food, housing and amenities. Land use is critical when considering biodiversity, sustainability and conservation.
Landscape Architects work with the natural environment
and not against it, balancing natural and
man-made systems and processes.
Those in the landscape architecture field consider how we use space, what we put on the landscape, how communities are created and function, and how the landscape meets the demands of a growing population. They green our towns and cities, using natural systems to capture carbon emissions, create and enhance beautiful public spaces and parks. They conserve wildlife habitats, support the development of renewable energy projects, and help reduce flood risk to homes and businesses across the country.
Landscape Architects are employed in private, public and academic organizations, and they are involved in all types of planning and construction and work on all scales, from large urban areas to your local neighborhood to your own home and backyard. In landscape architecture, the spaces between the buildings are just as important as the buildings themselves. Landscape Architects help decide how land and spaces are used over time. They balance human needs with environmental sustainability, so the landscape can be enjoyed and maintained through the generations.
Landscape Architects must consider how a space will be used to its best aesthetic abilities. Communities don’t happen by accident; Landscape Architects use well thought out plans and considerations from how a community will grow to how streets and lots are laid out to the detailed design for streetscapes and the neighborhood parks and walking trails. It takes the skill, experience and keen eye of a Landscape Architect to envision the layout of a community and how best to utilize its natural elements alongside any built elements.
Landscape Architects shape the physical setting for life in cities and towns of all sizes. They design and manage buildings, spaces and landscapes that meet the needs and wants of people living in urban environments. A well designed urban environment is both socially and economically successful, good to live in and attractive to visit. These designers have a good understanding of physical geography, social science, and have an appreciation for real estate development, urban economics, political economy and social theory
Good quality landscape architecture creates community among people so a space isn’t just a means of getting from “A” to “B” but it encourages people to meet and congregate. It is a highly cost effective part of any development plan and pays dividends in added sales values, increased rates of sales and positive customer perceptions.
Gary Haygood, Residential Services
I have extensive experience in the residential market, especially in Mississippi, and work with residential projects of all sizes. I do all of my design work, and I am personally involved in every detail of the project. And, I always communicate regularly with my clients so you are never left wondering what’s going on.
My career started with luxury resorts and commercial landscape architecture in Hilton Head, Tampa and across the Southeast. Now, my resort design experience has a great influence on my residential projects. A natural, meandering style or a contemporary, urban style. An outdoor cooking and living area or a secluded relaxing spot nestled in your backyard. Or a pool complete with fountains. If you want to create the oasis of your dreams in your backyard, I’m able help you. I bring a unique blend of styles and creativity not common in the Mississippi market. And, nothing excites me more than creating an element of “Wow!” for my residential clients.
Likewise, if you are looking to purchase or sell a home, I can provide a creative vision for improving curb appeal, and designing or reworking exterior spaces to better accommodate your needs. I can help buyers see a property’s potential, even helping them decide between lots based on both the landscape architecture potential and the costs to achieve the private oasis you desire. I know how to take advantage of the best views and the natural elements within your site. I can provide sellers with professional advice on ways to improve curb appeal and best position their home to sell, even if working on a shoestring budget.
Landscape Architects are trained for both residential and commercial designs. Here are just a few of the project types covered by landscape architecture:
- Residential sites
- School and college campuses
- Corporate and commercial grounds
- Public gardens and arboreta
- Historic preservation and restoration
- Hotels, resorts, golf courses
- Hospital and other facility sites
- Interior landscapes
- Land planning
- Landscape art and earth sculpture
- Monument grounds
- Parks and recreation
- Land reclamation and rehabilitation
- Security design
- Streetscapes and public spaces
- Therapeutic gardens
- Transportation corridors and facilities
- Urban and suburban design
- Waterfront development
Gary Haygood’s Education
Having grown up working with my dad at Bob’s Nursery in Columbus, MS, I gained an in-depth knowledge of and love for plant materials which prompted my decision to pursue a profession in landscape architecture.
I graduated from the dual degree program at MSU in 1988 with cum laude honors. This program is a combination of two majors resulting in a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Contracting and Management. This five-year program combined the business, horticulture and construction sides of the four-year landscape-contracting program with the design and construction aspects of the four-year landscape architecture program. The BLA program is the only accredited bachelor of landscape architecture degree program in the three state region of Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
As a discipline, landscape architecture combines a diverse blend of the arts and sciences. There are two undergraduate landscape architect professional degrees: a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA). These usually require four or five years of study in design, construction techniques, art, history, natural and social sciences.
The design studio is a key component of any curriculum. Whenever possible, students are assigned real projects, providing them with valuable hands-on experience. While working on these projects, students become proficient in the use of computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), model building, and other design software.
Accredited programs are approved by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB). Those with an undergraduate degree in a field other than landscape architecture can enroll in a Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) graduate degree program, which typically takes 3 years of full-time study.