Landscape Architecture: a Profession Designed for Minorities

Gary O. Robinette


Why should a young black student consider a career in landscape architecture? Professional landscape architects are responsible for the planning and management of land and the design and placement of natural and man-made elements in outdoor areas. Landscape architecture is the art and science of developing land and exterior elements for optimum human use and enjoyment while preserving the essence of the natural environment. In addition to a further description of studying and working in landscape architecture, this also highlights the following African American landscape architects: Clinton Hewitt, Raymond Collins, Elon Mickels, Charles Fountain, Ernest Edwards, Al Wilkins, William Wilson, Edward Pryce, and John Spencer.