During the 60's and 70's, “Landscape Architect” was not a well-known profession to Hong Kong citizens. There were not many landscape architects practicing in Hong Kong at that time. The earliest professionals in Hong Kong engaged in the landscape industry were mostly recruited from overseas or returned practitioners after training abroad. With the economic take-off, expansion of population and rapid development of real estate, the demand for the landscape architectural professionals had been greatly increased. Hence, landscape architects in Hong Kong had gradually developed to a comprehensive local professional body, together with the architects, engineers, planners and surveyors providing a range of professional design, planning and construction services in various development projects.

The Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects (HKILA) was founded in April 1988. The organization of the landscape architectural profession was first established with the founding of the Hong Kong Landscape Group operating as a chapter of the Landscape Institute of United Kingdom. In the interests of maintaining and promoting local standards and services, the HKILA was inaugurated in 1988 as the professional body for those engaged in the practice of landscape architecture in Hong Kong, with the main aim of promoting the highest standard in the arts and sciences of landscape architecture and management throughout Hong Kong. A mutual professional recognition with Australia Institute of Landscape Architects and New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects was established in the next year. The legal status of the HKILA was confirmed and objectives of the HKILA were defined with the enactment of the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects Incorporation Ordinance in 1996.

As Hong Kong building professionals were facing more complex design and technical requirements, practicing professional landscape architects felt the need to make effective regulations to monitor practicing landscape professionals of different backgrounds and diverse qualifications in order to raise the professional standard. All members of the HKILA voted in 1995 in favor to establish a landscape architects registration ordinance via a private bill. With the assistance of Hon. Leg Co Member HO Shing Tin representing the Architectural, Planning and Surveying Constituency at that time, the Landscape Architects Registration Ordinance (LARO) CAP. 516 was finally adopted in May 1997 after two years of consultation and legislative process. HKILA subsequently set up a committee to appoint members to the Landscape Architects Registration Board (LARB). The LARB was formally established in August in the same year, aiming to develop professional standards for local and overseas landscape architects practicing in Hong Kong and to provide registration service for them. Through the registration system, the general public could recognize the qualified landscape architects and to protect the profession’s highest standards.

With the establishment of the HKILA, adoption of LARO and setting up of the LARB, and provision of master/bachelor degree programs of landscape architecture/studies in the University of Hong Kong, the professional services provided by the landscape architects in Hong Kong become more consolidated and standardized. Recently, those graduates educated and trained in the overseas and local have gradually replaced those expatriate landscape architects came to Hong Kong in the early years. Localization of the landscape profession in Hong Kong has been leisurely taken shape and developed into a professional body with local talents as the mainstream manpower.

HKILA Member List

在六,七十年代, 園境師這個專業在香港比較為人所不熟悉,最先在香港從事園境設計規劃行業的專才並不多,主要是從海外招聘或從外地受訓回港執業的人仕,但隨著香港的經濟發展及人口不斷增加,經濟起飛及地產的急速發展,對這個行業的人才需求大增。園境師這專業在香港漸漸形成一個全面發展的專業團體,與建築師、工程師、規劃師及測量師等在各類的建設專案提供一系列專業設計、規劃及建造服務。

園境師學會成立於一九八八年四月,學會前身為英國園境師學會在香港的一個分會,於一九七八年為一班不同國籍在香港執業的園境設計師,以推廣這個專業在香港的發展而成立。隨著會員的增加,及不同體制的運作模式發展日漸成熟,這個英國園境師學會在香港的分會, 於一九八八年經會員通過及香港政府的認可,正式成為香港園林建築師學會 ,及後改名為香港園境師學會,並於翌年與澳洲及紐西蘭之園境師學會取得專業資格互認。一九九六年七月,香港園境師學會法團條例在立法會通過,確立了學會的法定地位,成為一個延續性的組織,亦界定了學會的目標。

隨著香港面對日益複雜的設計及建造業工程,執業的專業園境師漸漸覺得有需要為來自各地不同學歷、背景、及專業資格的執業人仕作出有效的規管及監察,以提高業內的專業水準,香港園境師學會於一九九五年經全體會員投票通過,以私人法案形式為香港執業的園境師制定註冊條例,並由當年代表建築、規劃及測量界的何承天議員向政府提出,經過兩年多的立法程式、諮詢,園境師註冊條例終於在九七年五月獲通過。香港園境師學會隨後成立一個理事會去委任一個註冊管理局. 園境師註冊管理局亦于同年八月正式成立,宗旨為替本地及從海外各地前來香港執業的園境師制定執業標準,並加以註冊,使公眾對在港執業的園境師有一個認知,並對其專業水準有一定的保障。

隨著園境師學會的成立,園境師註冊條例的通過及註冊管理局的成立,加上香港大學園林建築碩士及學士課程的成立,園境師在香港的專業服務更加鞏固及規範化,在外地受教育及本地培育的畢業生亦漸漸取代早年的外來專業人仕,本地化過程已在慢慢的形成,並發展成以本地人才為主流的一個專業團體。

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