Engaging a Landscape Architect Guides



We are pleased to announce the roll out of the new OALA business guides for landscape architectural services and fees.

The Fees & Services Guide Task Force has prepared 2 new guides to assist Landscape Architects and clients:

Part One: OALA Guide to Landscape Architectural Services
Part Two: OALA Fee Guide for Landscape Architectural Services

Aligned with the strategic priorities identified in the OALA Strategic Plan, the Fees & Services Guide Task Force was created with the mandate to produce an updated version of the 2003 Business Guide.  Members had requested an update to this valuable resource to:

  • explain the services of a landscape architect to potential clients and the general public;
  • assist clients to better understand the practices and processes for engaging a landscape architect; and
  • provide a guideline to determine reasonable budgets and fees.

Part One provides landscape architects, the public and clients with a comprehensive set of business guidelines related to landscape architectural services. This will be made available to members and a broad range of organizations to assist them in assessing appropriate methods of procurement and the provision of landscape architectural services.

Part Two provides assistance in determining reasonable budgets and fee compensation when engaging consulting services of a landscape architect. This is intended to provide landscape architects, the public and clients with a comprehensive set of guidelines related to landscape architectural fees.

These new guides are the first to be released under the new the Engaging a Landscape Architect resource guide series.  Other guides are in development and scheduled for release, including:

Part Three: OALA Guide to Standard Written Agreements

Part Four: OALA Guide to Design Competitions

These are being prepared by the Standard Written Agreement Task Force and the Design Competitions Guidelines Task Force, respectively.

We wish to acknowledge and commend the work of the following Fees and Services Guide Task Force members and sincerely thank them for their commitment to our Association:

  • Lawrence Stasiuk, OALA, FCSLA and Task Force Chair
  • Arnis Budrevics, OALA, FCSLA
  • Jim Melvin OALA, FCSLA
  • Don Naylor OALA, FCSLA
  • Glenn A. O’Connor, OALA, FCSLA
  • Tom Ridout OALA, CSLA
  • Jim Vafiades OALA, FCSLA

The publication of these new services and fee guides, together with the standard agreements and design competition guidelines, demonstrate a strong commitment to the OALA Mission to promote, improve and advance the profession of Landscape Architecture and maintain standards of professional practice and conduct consistent with the need to serve and to protect the public interest. The Engaging a Landscape Architect series is intended to achieve a new level of exposure, awareness and understanding of the profession of Landscape Architecture in Ontario. The intention of the guides is to be useful as both an outreach tool and as a member resource tool.