A “landscape designer” (that’s what we are) is not a regulated or licensed title, so that could mean anything. Some landscape designers are self-taught, but most have extensive experience in the landscaping industry. In other words, you can’t suddenly wake up one day and just decide to call yourself a landscape designer. Landscape designers usually work on smaller residential projects.
A “landscape architect” must have a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in landscape architecture and must be licensed by the state they work in. Their work can range from small residential projects to large scale parks and gardens.