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ASLA Releases Landscapes Architects' Business Quarterly Survey
Landscape Architecture Business Conditions Plateau During First Quarter



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The American Society of Landscape Architects' (ASLA) Business Quarterly survey asks quarterly benchmarks on key statistics including billable hours, inquiries and hiring plans. The Q1 2017 national survey was fielded April 3 to April 17, 2017, with 178 primary firm contacts responding.


Business conditions flattened for landscape architecture firms during the first three months of 2017, according to the newest American Society of Landscape Architects' Business Quarterly survey. During the first quarter of this year, firms reported a dip in billable hours and hiring plans, while inquiries for new work picked up from the previous quarter.

A multi-year comparison of survey results reveals an important takeaway: business conditions remain stable as firms enter the second quarter of 2017.

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The survey found 75.84 percent reported stable to significantly higher billable hours, a drop from 77.12 percent the previous quarter. This result is below what had been reported for the first quarters of 2016 (80.76 percent), 2015 (82.02 percent) and 2013 (76.1 percent). It is greater than first quarter results for 2014 (72.2 percent).

Some 85.39 percent answered that inquiries for new work were stable to significantly higher during the first quarter of 2017, a notable rise from the 77.77 percent the previous quarter. This result outperforms what had been reported for the first quarters of 2016 (80.43 percent) and 2014 (80.2 percent). It is about the same as first quarter results for 2015 (85.34 percent) and 2013 (85.5 percent).

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The survey found that year-to-year, some 76.27 percent of firms said that billable hours were stable to significantly higher. This result is higher than what had been reported for the first quarter of 2016 (75.66 percent), but below figures reported for 2015 (80.52 percent). It is about the same as year-to-year results reported for the first quarter of 2014 (76 percent) and 2013 (76.1 percent).

Year-to-year, some 84.09 percent indicated that first quarter inquiries for new work were stable to significantly higher. This result is a jump from the year-to-year results reported for the first quarter of 2016 (81.05 percent), 2015 (83.24 percent) and 2013 (59.5 percent). It is about the same as 2014 (83.4 percent).

The majority of firms with two or more employees (52.55 percent) say they plan to hire during the second quarter of 2017, a drop from the fourth quarter 2016 survey (57.33 percent). This result is a drop from the numbers reported for the first quarter surveys in 2016 (59.44 percent), 2015 (61.54 percent) and 2013 (54.5 percent). It is greater than the 49.4 percent reported in 2014.

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Some 77.77 percent of firms with 10 to 49 employees also say they will hire either an experienced landscape architect or an entry-level landscape architect.

Because April is World Landscape Architecture Month, the survey asked respondents to describe their firms' career discovery efforts. The majority of firms (52.81 percent) have not participated in K-12 student outreach specifically related to the landscape architecture profession.

Of the participating firms (44.94 percent), most have visited an elementary, middle or high school to talk about landscape architecture careers (97.47 percent). Fully 55.84 percent of these school visits focused on high school students, followed by elementary (46.75 percent) and middle schools (40.26 percent). The majority (54.55 percent) visited schools between two to four times.

For more information including a complete version of the newest American Society of Landscape Architects' Business Quarterly survey results visit https://asla.org/NewsReleaseDetails.aspx?id=50255.







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