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Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)


Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning


John C. Ellsworth


This paper explores and delineates the legal environment for the practice of landscape architecture in Utah. The national, state, and local (city and county), codes that apply to landscape architecture and the related professions of architecture, engineering, and land surveying are documented, as is pertinent case law. Figures allow comparisons to be made between the various government levels to demonstrate contradictions and congruencies, as well as the clarity of the ordinances. Major findings include significant differences among the city and county regulations of landscape architecture and the related professions, and weaknesses in the state law for landscape architecture. Major recommendations include the pursuit of a practice law, and other methods of clarifying and increasing the authority of landscape architects in the state.