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Cleveland Turner III

At a Glance

Class Year: 1973

Award Year: 2012

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture

Profession: Landscape Architecture


Cleveland Turner III, founding principal of Turner LandArchitecture in Amarillo, has led state and national efforts to bolster licensing and legal registration requirements of landscape architects throughout his five-decade career. “Few of our former students have exemplified the consistent, recognized leadership and commitment to the profession as Cleve has,” said Tom Woodfin, former assistant head of Texas A&M’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning. Turner earned two degrees at Texas A&M: a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Law Economics in 1973 and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture in 1976. He was appointed in 1989 by governor William Clements to the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, then reappointed by governor George W. Bush, crafting, among other things, the requirements for continuing education for architects, landscape architects and interior designers in Texas. As a member of the Texas chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Turner led a drive to add landscape architects to Texas’ Professional Services Procurement Act, a list of professions hired by state agencies for professional consulting. Turner also helped lead the effort to include the profession in the Texas Registration Law when it was upgraded from a title to a practice act, meaning that practitioners included in the law are required to have a license instead of just a title to legally practice. He was instrumental in implementing a uniform system of licensure for landscape architects across the U.S. as president of the Council of Landscape Architecture Registration Boards and increased the number of regional testing centers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Turner led the transition of CLARB’s Landscape Architectural Registration Examination to a computer-based exam while strengthening its relevance and credibility. He was also instrumental in establishing a uniform system of continuing education for landscape architects that is now being implemented across the United States and Canada.