Towards the protection of a professional title for French landscape architects?
creation of the title “paysagiste concepteur” to be discussed as part of a draft
law on biodiversity.
photo: A. Leger-Smith / CC BY
The eco-neighbourgood of La Deule, Lille, landscape architect: Atelier Bruel-Delmar, Paris
A draft framework
law on biodiversity is currently being considered in France. On the 26th June, ten
amendments have been voted at the France’s Assemblée
Nationale, but 17 still remain unexamined. Amongst the latter, one
amendment concerns the status of the landscape architects in France and the
creation of a protected professional title: “paysagiste concepteur” (landscape designer). This is an
alternative to the title “architecte du paysage” (landscape architect) because the use of the word “architect” is
protected by l’Ordre des architectes,
the French architectural association.
The Fédération Française du Paysage (French
Federation of Landscape Architecture) has argued in favour of this title though
three main points. First, French landscape architects practise widely in the
context of public calls for tenders. However, in the tendering process, the
absence of a title can be detrimental when compared to other protected urban
professions. Second, such a title could promote a French savoir-faire in
landscape architecture. Third, the contribution of landscape architects to the
development of biodiversity is undisputable.
of the creation of a protected title as part of the biodiversity bill, the Fédération develops some interesting
ideas: the landscape architect is a major actor regarding biodiversity issues. Through
their design proposals, they unravel the existing conditions of the place,
including the cultural and natural characteristics. This site-specific approach
is prioritized in comparison to a top-down traditional urban planning attitude.
The design proposals are processed-based and take into account the dynamic
transformations of the landscape. They organize relationships, ecosystems, their
approach is transversal.
unexamined amendments are to be discussed further in September/October. The Fédérationhas requested to meet the
minister of ecology, sustainable development and energy, Ségolène Royal, to
defend their position and introduce one amendment in favour of a protected
title within the biodiversity bill.
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