The Association of German Garden Architects was founded in 1913. It changed its name to Bund Deutscher Landschaftsarchitekten bdla in 1972. Today, the bdla has around 1300 members in its 13 regional associations, including around 800 freelance landscape architects. It sees itself as the mouthpiece for self-employed, salaried and civil servant landscape architects and for young professionals.
The association is in dialogue with politics, administration, business and the public. The bdla represents the interests of the profession and contributes its expertise, for example, to legislative projects relevant to construction and planning. And it communicates the extensive competencies of landscape architects for solving central tasks of the future, such as climate adaptation, the energy transition and urban growth.
Committed members support the association. They support each other, exchange ideas on technical issues and the demands of everyday professional life. bdla members contribute their know-how to regional, national and international bodies and committees. This lively cooperation is the basis of the work of the executive committee, expert speakers, working groups and the federal office.
Internationally, bdla is active in the International Federation of Landscape Architects IFLA and in IFLA Europe.