The role of landscape architecture profession in studying and planning processes in Czech Republic

Martina Sarvašová

SUMMARY

This research shall focus on identifying the process of studying landscape architecture (curriculum, study abroad and exchange opportunities), transition to practice (internships), everyday practice (architectural offices), and the process of registration (authorization) and chamber memberships (rights and obligations). The goal is to remove mental boundaries between planning and design professions, between countries, between the public and professionals, inhabitants and their habitats; thereby giving a professional freedom to collaboration and promoting the arts in the public place.

In the Czech Republic we often refer to landscape as countryside, everything what is beyond the boundaries of cities and called “greenery”. Within the cities, the term landscape is generally re-mastered and reduced into “gardens and parks”.

Landscape perception by inhabitants is one of the basic principles which define the role of landscape architects. If we don’t recognize urban landscape as a domain of landscape architecture, we cannot erase the mental boundaries of other professionals and we cannot improve the profession and public awareness, and in the Czech environment and conditions we cannot find support. The perception of landscape environment is directly connected with the perception of the profession itself, because it is landscape architecture, which makes place for the use of wide scope of knowledge and doesn’t treat it as individual or isolated object.

The source document for defining and comparing educational systems is a document created and approved by IFLA in 2008 called “GUIDANCE DOCUMENT for RECOGNITION or ACCREDITATION Professional Education Programs in Landscape Architecture”.

Keywords: architect, architecture, Czech Republic, landscape