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 associate 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)
||2021 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.
Have you made use of your listing in the LI Registered Practice directory? We also have logos and signboards you can use on your site to put your membership front and centre to reassure clients of the standards you work to.
Online Case Studies Library
We’re working to build a knowledge base with our Case Studies Directory that showcases a diverse range of projects by Registered Practices.
We offer discounted rates on insurance services, free legal advice and a pension scheme. Registered Practices can receive a free initial consultation and preferential rates through McParland Finn, the LI’s preferred insurance broker. Visit the dedicated LI Insurance webpage for more details.
Journal and Publications
Each practice receives a copy of the LI Journal and has access to a range of policies and documentation. We also offer discounts on JCLI contracts. Our resource base allows you to find out more on our technical guidance, policy statements and general publications.
Events and CPD
You and your employees can get discounts on all LI events and CPD days. Keep an eye out on Vista for upcoming events.
We regularly hold Registered Practice breakfasts and provide updates on everything you need to know as a head of practice. We also connect you to partnerships and schemes to put your expert knowledge to work. Most recently, the High Streets Task Force recruited a number of experts from LI Registered Practices to help transform England’s town centres as part of a four-year, £8.6 million project.
We connect you directly to the staff your practice needs. The LI job board is the number one place that landscape architects go to find work, and Registered Practices get discounts on all listings.
We’re currently reviewing our offering for our Registered Practice members looking to bring in more benefits to support you. This means expanding business support to include wider training offers and introducing discounted rates on our affiliate membership to support your wider team.
Watch this space for more information on the updated scheme in 2021.
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