Landscape Architecture

Executive Search & Leadership Advisory

Responsible for creating environmentally sustainable places where people can live and work, the landscape architecture sector has experienced unprecedented growth over the last few years. This accelerated growth of the industry can be attributed to the increasing social, political, and economic concern over the use of natural resources, as well as the need for developing sustainable communities.

While experts believe that the landscape architecture sector will continue to grow in the coming years as well, there are a number of factors that will transform the way landscape architects work and create sustainable living spaces. Some of the key trends that are influencing the landscape architecture industry include rapid urbanization, increasing interest in adaptive design, and need for sustainable building practices.

According to the United Nations, almost 54 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and the number is expected to swell to 66 percent by 2050[1]. This rapid urbanization has led to an increasing need for more creative, sustainable, and cost-effective designs and buildings. To successfully accommodate such a large number of residents, both public and private real estate development companies are investing in multi-unit residential complexes with strategically planned urban green spaces to enhance quality of living, mitigate climate change, and upgrade urban resilience.

While urbanization presents a growth opportunity to the landscape architecture industry, it also presents a host of challenges to companies operating within this high-growth industry.  Permeable paving, rain gardens, and cisterns were once considered to be an ideal way to keep water from getting diverted into storm sewers. However, the increasing frequency and severity of rainfalls, hurricanes, and tornadoes have rendered these traditional rainwater management systems ineffective, causing landscape architects to seek new ways of storm water management.

Allen Austin understands that companies operating within the architecture landscape sector can succeed only if they have the visionary leadership required to anticipate and respond to the changing needs of customers.  We leverage our deep industry knowledge and global presence to help our clients find the best executive-level talent that offers the perfect blend of experience, skills, and creative insight.

As a leading retained executive search firm, Allen Austin appreciates that the future prosperity of a landscape architecture company will depend on its capacity to evolve its design, building, and project management skills. We also understand the diverse range of challenges faced by the landscape architecture industry. Keeping all these factors in consideration, we design bespoke leadership development and talent recruitment solutions that help businesses bridge their current and future leadership needs.

[1] World’s Population Increasingly Urban with More Than Half Living in Urban Areas, the United Nations http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/news/population/world-urbanization-prospects-2014.html