The Society of Garden Designers (SGD) has launched a new Registered Practice Membership allowing fellows and registered members to list their business as having Practice status of the Society rather than membership being associated solely with individual designers.
The new membership, which comes into force on 1 March 2017, brings the SGD in-line with other professional bodies such as RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and the LI (Landscape Institute) and enables society members to demonstrate that their whole practice is committed to design excellence and the highest quality standards.
SGD chair Philippa O’Brien said: “We are delighted to offer our members a new status of membership which we feel reflects the way in which many of our members operate as garden design companies today. We believe the Registered Practice status will be of great benefit to our members, allowing them to stand-out in an increasingly competitive marketplace, whilst allowing the Society to continue to improve standards in the industry.”
Practice Membership and the associated logo will be available to registered members and fellows only. Under the rules of the new category, the lead designer (or designers) of the practice must be a registered member or fellow and must sign a declaration stating that all work produced by the practice is under the supervision of a registered member or fellow of the society. There will be an annual fee that is in addition to the membership fees already paid by registered members and fellows.
Further information on all membership levels can be found on the SGD website www.sgd.org.uk