Landscape Architect

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    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.

     

    Duties

    • 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

     

    Qualifications

    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.

     

    Skills

    • 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.

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