In the Netherlands the title ‘garden and landscape architect’ is protected by law. This means that only those people who hold an accredited diploma and are listed on the Architects Register have the legal right to call themselves a garden architect or landscape architect.

At the moment only the degrees awarded by Wageningen University and the Academy of Architecture give the holder the right to registration. The law also allows anyone who does not hold these qualifications, but does meet certain requirements, to take the architect’s examination, which is held once a year and also gives the right to registration.

All aspects of the protection of title and maintenance of the Architects Register are administered by the Architects Registry Office (Bureau Architectenregister). The website contains information about the Architect’s Title Act, the register and the requirements for registration as a garden and landscape architect.