Landscape architects are responsible for creating natural and built environments that are aesthetically pleasing as well as practical, in both urban and rural areas.
Their work provides innovative and aesthetically-pleasing environments for people to enjoy, while ensuring that changes to the natural environment are appropriate, sensitive and sustainable.
Collaborating closely with other professionals, they work on a diverse range of projects in both urban and rural settings. From parks, gardens and housing estates to city-center design, sporting sites and roads construction.
Landscape professionals typically work across five main areas:
- landscape design;
- landscape management;
- landscape planning;
- landscape science;
- urban design.
Employers of landscape architects
- the construction industry;
- local authorities;
- private practices;
- public bodies;
- water companies.
- creating plans, designs and drawings using computer-aided design programs
- surveying sites
- advising on matters to do with environmental conservation
- discussing requirements with clients
- writing reports
- producing contracts and estimated costs
- presenting proposals to clients for approval and agreeing time-scales
- overseeing projects as they progress
- seeking the opinions of locals, business and others who use the site
- liaising with other professionals such as architects, surveyors, town planners and civil engineers
You can only become a landscape architect if you have a relevant degree and accredited by an architecture regulating body. One option is to ensure that you have reached a Masters level on any of the areas below:
- environmental conservation;
- garden design;
- landscape architecture;
- landscape design and ecology;
- landscape management and/or restoration;
- landscape planning.
- good design/drawing skills including computer-aided design (CAD);
- excellent communication and negotiating skills;
- creative ability, imagination and enthusiasm;
- a concern for the environment and an understanding of conservation issues;
- a practical outlook;
- good observation skills and an eye for detail.