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Study Reference List (updated July 9, 2012)

The following is a reference material list that has been prepared by the CLARB Examination Committee 

While the committee believes that mastery of the topics dealt with in the volumes on this list will be of assistance to you in preparing for the L.A.R.E., no representation is made that mastery of the topics dealt with by these volumes will ensure a passing grade on the examination, and no representation is made that the examination questions will be limited in scope to topics dealt with by the volumes contained on this list.

Candidates are not expected to review all of the books on this list, as subject areas may be covered by several references. CLARB in no way guarantees that the contents of these references are accurate.

Section 1 — Project and Construction Management

  • Construction Contracts, 2nd Edition / Hinze
  • Project Management for Design Professionals / Ramroth
  • Ready, Set, Practice:  Elements of Landscape Architecture Professional Practice / Sharky
  • Sustainability and Design Ethics / Russ

Section 2 — Inventory and Analysis

  • Basic Elements of Landscape Architectural Design / Booth
  • Site Analysis:  A Contextual Approach to Sustainable Land Planning and Site Design / LaGro
  • Site Planning and Design Handbook, 2nd Edition / Russ
  • The Living Landscape - An Ecological Approach to Landscape Planning / Steiner

Section 3 — Design

  • Landscape Architectural Graphic Standards / Hopper
  • Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Architects, 2nd Edition / Harris and Dines
  • The Dimensions of Parking / ULI 
  • Basic Elements of Landscape Architectural Design / Booth
  • Site Planning and Design Handbook, 2nd Edition / Russ

Section 4 — Grading, Drainage and Construction Documentation

  • Landscape Architectural Graphic Standards / Hopper
  • Site Engineering for Landscape Architects, 5th Edition / Strom, Nathan and Woland
  • Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture, 2nd Edition / Harris and Dines
  • Landscape Architect's Portable Handbook / Dines and Brown