Landscape Architecture: A Recognized STEM Discipline in Canada


What is STEM?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It represents a collection of disciplines pivotal to innovation, problem-solving, and societal advancement. STEM fields are dedicated to understanding the natural world, leveraging technology, tackling complex challenges, and applying mathematical principles in practical scenarios. 

Why does this matter for landscape architecture?

The recognition of landscape architecture as a STEM discipline is more than an honorary title; it reflects the comprehensive blend of expertise landscape architects contribute. This designation highlights the scientific, technological, engineering, and mathematical underpinnings of our profession. As stewards of both natural and built environments, landscape architects employ an extensive understanding of ecological systems, sustainable design, and spatial analytics to design spaces that bolster community well-being, enhance biodiversity, and meet the challenges posed by climate change.

Opportunities Unlocked by STEM Recognition in Canada


The Express Entry immigration program in Canada gives priority to skilled STEM workers, offering a pathway for professionals, including landscape architects, to immigrate to Canada. This initiative aims to bridge labor market gaps and stimulate innovation and economic growth. Learn more about the Express Entry program. 

Increased Funding and Research Opportunities

Being acknowledged as a STEM discipline means landscape architecture programs, research, and projects may now be eligible to access additional funding from government and private sectors, fostering innovative research and technological advancements. Explore funding opportunities from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada.

Enhanced Educational Opportunities

The STEM designation encourages universities to integrate more STEM-based learning into landscape architecture programs, equipping students with highly sought-after skills in today's job market. 

Greater Visibility and Advocacy

Aligning with STEM disciplines elevates the visibility and recognition of landscape architecture, attracting a new wave of creative and technically adept professionals to the field. 

The designation reflects the collective achievement of our profession. Together, let’s continue to shape environments that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also scientifically sound, technologically advanced, and sustainable for generations to come. 

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