LI Registered Practices are at the heart of the landscape architecture profession. They are vital in raising the profile of the profession, communicating its importance, and advancing the art and science of landscape architecture. By registering a practice, clients can be confident that they are working with committed professionals and that they have the assurance of a quality benchmark, backed by a trusted professional body.
The LI has over 500 practices spread across the UK and overseas, use our directory to find a Registered Practice. The work of our Registered Practices are highlighted at the annual LI Awards, and featured in the Case Study Directory.
Registration with the LI is a benchmark of quality. The backing of a trusted body shows that you are an exemplar within the profession, demonstrating the highest standards in your industry.
LI registered practices commit to promoting best practice. They encourage their staff to engage in CPD activity, supporting their structured learning and reflection. They help their staff identify their learning needs, plan their development, and complete and log their minimum 25 hours’ CPD per year. And they provide opportunities for their staff to attend CPD events.
Registered practices strengthen the profession by helping their staff volunteer with the LI as branch members, Ambassadors for Landscape, and on the LI Pathway to Chartership.
The LI has nearly 1,000 active volunteers across many different roles. Your professional organisation would not run without the dedication of these members.
The Pathway to Chartership
As well as encouraging their senior staff to volunteer on the Pathway to Chartership, registered practices support their licentiate staff on their own Chartership journey.
The Pathway to Chartership is an online tool that candidates use to record their knowledge and development. Candidates progress at their own pace, and their employers help them find opportunities to progress their learning.
Insight and thought leadership
The LI’s College of Fellows comprises our leading innovators, leaders and ambassadors. Comprising many registered practice principals, they are our senior go-to group for thoughts and ideas on the future of the profession.
We also look to all of our registered practices for valuable industry insight. Initiatives such as our Landscape Apprenticeships Trailblazer show how we put this knowledge to use in meeting the sector’s talent needs.
At the heart of the landscape profession, you are a role model for the values of your professional body: ethical and professional; collaborative, diverse and inclusive; and socially and environmentally responsible.
1. There are three sub-categories of registration which the organisation registering must fall within.
1.1 Landscape Practice – Private Practice
A Practice or organisation which is engaged in the landscape profession (design, management, planning, urban design or science) may become registered with the Landscape Institute when one or more Principals of the practice is a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute (CMLI or FLI). A Principal is a partner or director of the Practice with full legal, managerial and financial responsibility for the landscape work of the practice, a principle may only be assigned to one geographical office. A multi-disciplinary practice which has a Chartered Member of the Institute as an employee without such responsibility is not eligible for registration under this category.
1.2 Landscape Department – Multi-disciplinary Private Practice
An organisation with a landscape section or department engaged in the landscape profession (design, management, planning, urban design or science) may become registered with the Landscape Institute where the Department Leader is a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute (CMLI or FLI), a Department leader may only b assigned to one geographical office. A Department Leader must have full managerial and technical responsibility for the landscape work of the Department and the Chief Executive of the organisation must undertake that they will enable the Department Leader to practice in accordance with the Landscape Institute’s Code of Professional Conduct.
1.3 Landscape Department – Local Authority
A Local Authority with a landscape section or department engaged in the landscape architecture profession (design, management, planning, urban design or science) may become registered with the Landscape Institute where the Department Leader is a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute (CMLI or FLI) a Department leader may only be assigned to one geographical office. A Department Leader must have full managerial and technical responsibility for the landscape work of the Department and the Chief Executive of the Authority must undertake that they will enable the Department Leader to practice in accordance with the Landscape Institute’s Code of Professional Conduct.
Sub-categories are used by the Institute to identify eligibility and to gather statistics. All practices or departments registered with the Institute are promoted under the over-arching title of LI Registered Practice. The subcategories are recorded on the internal database only and not displayed in the public facing online search engine – if a Registered Practice wishes to disclose this information however the Institute applies no restrictions.
2. Requirement for Professional Indemnity Insurance.
All Practices and Departments registered with the Landscape Institute are required to carry professional indemnity insurance and to produce evidence that PII cover is held. It is for each Practice or Department to determine its own risk and the level of cover necessary. Practices are however advised that with increasing litigation against professionals generally they should be prudent in their assessment of risk and the level of cover necessary. In addition, clients often insist on a certain level of PII cover. In the case of a public authority acting as a consultancy to other authorities, a letter from the Chief Executive stating that they are indemnified shall be produced as evidence.
|Size of Practice (total number of employees)
||2020 Annual subscription (excludes VAT)
|1 – 2*
|3 – 5
|6 – 10
|11 – 20
Charges for a Registered Practice is dependent on the total number of employees in the whole practice/organisation/geographical office registering.
Private Practices and Departments the fee is calculated according the total number of employees, including all admin, clerical and multi-disciplinary staff in the office registering.
Local Authority Departments the fee is calculated according to the total number of employees in the landscape section/department including all admin, clerical and multi-disciplinary staff.
*We offer an introductory 50% discount for the first year to 1-2 person practices first joining in 2020; thereafter the standard rate for 1-2 person applies.
Online Case Studies Library
Case studies are available in the searchable online Case Studies Directory, showcasing a diverse range of projects by Registered Practices, including LI Award winners. This is constantly growing and we are always seeking new applications for case studies. .
Logo and Signboards
The LI Registered Practices logo can be used on practice websites and stationery. The LI signboards promote your practice and its association with the Institute on site.
All Registered Practices will receive a copy of Landscape, the journal of the Landscape Institute. The LI also publishes resources for landscape practitioners, clients, decision-makers, and professionals in other built and natural environment sectors. Browse our publications to find out more about our technical guidance, policy statements and contract documentation that are available.
The LI has documents on Green Infrastructure, Water, Housing, Public Health, Investing in Landscape, and Climate Change in the Policy pages of our website. As a Registered Practice you can request free, printed, copies of any of these documents. The LI also has additional free resources for Registered Practices to give to clients: ‘Landscape Architecture, a guide for clients’ and ‘Why invest in landscape architecture?’.
Registered Practices can receive a free initial consultation and preferential rates through McParland Finn, the LI’s preferred insurance services. Please visit the dedicated LI Insurance webpage for more details.
Registered Practices are entitled to a free legal consultation or advice and a free insurance consultation. Details are made available in the Members’ only area.
All LI Registered Practices are obliged to
- Have Professional Indemnity Insurance cover
- Adhere to the Landscape Institute’s Code of Conduct
- Comply with Landscape Institute CPD regulations
- Have as a Principal or Department Head, a Chartered landscape architect with full managerial and technical responsibility for landscape work
Why use an LI Registered Practice?
- Find the right practice for the job by searching the ‘Find a Practice’ Directory
- Be confident that you are working with committed professionals
- Have the assurance of a quality benchmark, backed by a trusted professional body