Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

The Landscape Institute (LI) is committed to ensuring that it is an inclusive organisation where diversity is respected and encouraged. 

We’re working to ensure that the landscape architecture profession and the wider construction and built environment industry is representative of the communities and societies we serve. 

We know that there are barriers to entry and progression in the profession, and this particularly impacts individuals from underrepresented groups. 

We want to be an organisation that promotes dignity and respect to all employees, members, and volunteers and where no form of discrimination, intimidation, bullying or harassment takes place. 

As a charity organisation, we commit to meeting the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998.


Landscape Institute proudly continues to be one of the sponsors of the Accelerate programme by Open City.  It is a free, pioneering, built environment education programme for young people from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds.

The programme supports young people aged 16-18 to explore careers in architecture, landscape, planning, engineering and related fields, equipping them with the skills, portfolios, networks and confidence to make informed progression choices.

Each year’s cohort of students follows a set programme of 10 skills development workshops, focusing on observation, design, mapping, planning and critical thinking. Workshops are planned and delivered by a group of Accelerate course leaders who work in collaboration with practising artists, architects and guest speakers from the industry.

Find out more about the impact the programme is having by reading the 2022 evaluation report.

Landscape Institute is among five industry associations to sign an equity, diversity, and inclusion charter as a public declaration of commitment to positive change in the sector. 

The charter commits signatories to: 

  • monitoring and benchmarking EDI across the industry 
  • educating and upskilling colleagues and members on EDI 
  • promoting the industry as an inclusive and accessible environment with opportunities for lifelong rewarding careers for all 

The Landscape Institute (LI) is among six leading membership bodies who have signed a joint memorandum of understanding and launched a 45-point action plan to jointly improve equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the built environment sector.